VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y
(b. 1599, Sevilla, d. 1660, Madrid)
Oil on canvas, 127 x 98,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The painting - known also as the portrait with two watches - was sent to the Habsburg court in Vienna to potential suitors of María Teresa, the daughter of Spain's King Philip IV and ultimately the wife of Louis XIV of France. In portraying the royal family, Velázquez generally painted a bust-length portrait from life, which he and his assistants would use as a model in creating full-length versions. There is another version of the painting in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.