Velazquez principe baltasar carlos
This portrait of a six-year-old boy wearing simple hunting clothes shows Prince Baltasar Carlos (1629–46), heir to the throne of Spain. He stands holding his gun with three dogs at his side: the two greyhounds are alert and upright, while the large brown-and-white hound (identified as a partridge dog) snoozes on the ground. This is one of a number of paintings of the prince by Spanish court artist and master of portraiture Diego Velázquez (1599–1660). Here he creates a scene that presents the young Baltasar in the role of a huntsman, in command of the forces of nature. The picture was designed to hang at a royal hunting lodge, where only the nobility was admitted. Tragically, the prince was to die young, at the age of 16, crushing the hopes of his parents, King Philip IV of Spain (1605–65) and Elizabeth of Bourbon (1602–44).
Prince Baltasar Carlos was the only and cherished son of Philip IV of Spain by his first marriage to Elisabeth of France (Isabel de Borbón). He was painted at every age and in a variety of guises by Velázquez: here aged six, as a sportsman, in the snowy hunting ranges of the Sierra de Guadarrama. The young prince, gazing confidently at the viewer, grasps an upright blunderbuss in the company of a slumbering partridge dog and two sprightly Spanish greyhounds.
Velázquez was commissioned to paint a series of equestrian portraits for the Hall of Realms, originally a wing of the Buen Retiro Palace 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.
Art historian Andrew Graham Dixon describes the subject as a «little boy on this plump horse, underneath a lowering sky full of dark clouds. The child looks lost.» According to Simona Di Nepi, the young prince’s calm demeanor while seated on a rearing horse has a political significance, representing him as a confident horseman and a strong leader. His authority is symbolized by the baton he holds, the sword he wears, and the military sash on his chest.
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Spanish: El príncipe Baltasar Carlos a caballo – Retrato ecuestre del príncipe Baltasar Carlos Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charleslabel QS:Les,»Retrato ecuestre del príncipe Baltasar Carlos»
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