Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares

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Equestrian Portrait of Count Duke of Olivares
Count-Duke of Olivares.jpg
Artist Diego Velázquez
Year 1634
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 313 cm × 239 cm (123 in × 94 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Equestrian Portrait of Count-Duke of Olivares is a painting by Spanish artist Diego Velázquez, finished in 1634. It is housed in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The subject of the picture is Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Prime Minister of Spain during the reign of Philip IV. He is portrayed riding a horse, an honour generally reserved for monarchs at the time. He wears a plumed headgear and a gilt cuirass, and holds a command baton. The composition refers to Olivares' military leadership in the service of King Philip.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ López-Rey, page 165.


External links[edit]

  • Velázquez , exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on this portrait (see index)