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 was commissioned to paint a series of equestrian portraits for the Hall of Realms at the palacio del Buen Retiro in Madrid. This work was meant to fill the gap between two larger equestrian portraits of the prince's parents, Philip IV and Elisabeth of France.

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]

The Wallace Collection also has an equestrian portrait of the prince. This is attributed to the studio of Velázquez.[2]


  1. ^ Graham Dixon speaking on BBC2 , The Culture Show
  2. ^ Prince Baltasar Carlos in the riding school. Art UK

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)