Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid

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Pablo de Valladolid or
Portrait of a famous actor
in the time of Philip IV
Velázquez - Pablo de Valladolid (Museo del Prado, 1636-37).jpg
Artist Diego Velázquez
Year 1636–1637
Type oil on canvas
Dimensions 212.4 cm × 125 cm (83.6 in × 49 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid is a portrait by Diego Velázquez of Pablo or "Pablillos" de Valladolid, 1587–1648, a jester and actor at Philip IV's court from 1632 until his death. It is now in the Prado, to which it was moved in 1827.

In 1701 it was at the Palacio del Buen Retiro, in 1772 at the Palacio Real de Madrid and in 1816 at the Academia de San Fernando. In 1865, during his visit to Spain, the French painter Édouard Manet wrote of it:

Perhaps the most astonishing piece of painting that has ever been made is the picture entitled Portrait of a famous actor at the time of Philip IV (Pablillos Valladolid). The background disappears. It is air that surrounds the man, dressed entirely in black and full of life.

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)