Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares

Equestrian Portrait Of The Count-Duke Of Olivares

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Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares

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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.

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  • López-Rey, José, Velázquez: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume II, Taschen, 1999. ISBN 3-8228-6533-8

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