Philip IV (1605–1665), King of Spain

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

Date: probably 1624

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 78 3/4 x 40 1/2 in. (200 x 102.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

Accession Number: 14.40.639


Velázquez was paid for this portrait of the king on December 4, 1624. The artist had arrived in Madrid in the summer of 1623 and was made painter to the king that August. An important person at court, Don García Pérez de Araciel, commissioned the portrait, an autograph repetition of the official portrait Velázquez had painted for the king. Philip is shown wearing a gold chain and the emblem of the Order of the Golden Fleece. For more information about this painting, including an image of the 1624 receipt, visit