Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles

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Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles
Velázquez - Príncipe Baltasar Carlos (Museo del Prado, 1634-35).jpg
Artist Diego Velázquez
Year 1635
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 209 cm × 173 cm (82 in × 68 in)
Location Prado, Madrid

The Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles is a 1635 equestrian portrait of Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias by Diego Velázquez. It is now in the Prado.

Velázquez had been commissioned to paint a series of equestrian portraits meant for the Salón de Reinos at the palacio del Buen Retiro in Madrid, with this work meant to fill the gap between the two larger equestrian portraits of the series were those of Balthasar and Philip IV.

According to art historian Andrew Graham Dixon: " little boy on this plump horse, underneath a lowering sky full of dark clouds. The child looks lost." [1]


  1. ^ Graham Dixon speaking on BBC2 , The Culture Show

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)