Portrait of a Man

Artist: Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, Seville 1599–1660 Madrid)

Date: ca. 1630–35

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 27 x 21 3/4 in. (68.6 x 55.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949

Accession Number: 49.7.42

Description

This arresting portrait is a study for the figure that appears on the right of the painter’s Surrender of Breda (Prado, Madrid). The large canvas in Madrid depicts a historical event and includes a number of portraits. It has been argued that the man on the right in the painting could be a self-portrait of Velázquez. It has, however, been questioned whether the painter would have been permitted to introduce his portrait into a painting that illustrates a historical event and was destined to decorate a royal residence. This may be, perhaps, the self-portrait listed in an inventory of the artist’s possessions drawn up in July 1661.

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