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 Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madrid

The Equestrian Portrait of Count-Duke of Olivares is a painting by Spanish artist Diego Velázquez, finished in 1634. It is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.

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)