Portrait of Cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco, Diego Velázquez  Werkstatt
Diego Velázquez
Portrait of Cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco
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Diego Velázquez Werkstatt

Portrait of Cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco, 1643 – 1645


Dimensions
64.0 x 48.3 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
1045
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867
Status
On display

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About the Work

The dark eyes seem to be sizing up the viewer. The high forehead under the cardinal's hat, the sunken cheeks and the pallid skin and grey beard betray the advanced age of this man of the church. His neck disappears into the severe raised collar of the alb and mozzetta, whose thick folds almost conceal the outlines of his body. This unattractive portrait shows the aristocratic Spanish priest Gaspar de Borja y Velsaco, who had been appointed a cardinal at the age of only thirty-one and who had energetically represented the interests of his country within the Curia. After he had been called back from Rome, his portrait was painted by the royal court painter Velázquez on a number of occasions. The Frankfurt painting is one of several versions and can be ascribed either to an assistant or to the master himself.

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Title
Portrait of Cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco
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Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867

Work Content

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Primary
  • 61B2(BORJAYVELASCO,Gaspar)11(+51) historical person (BORJAYVELASCO,Gaspar) - historical person (BORJAYVELASCO,Gaspar) portrayed alone (+ head (BORJAYVELASCO,Gaspar) (BORJAYVELASCO,Gaspar))
  • 11P3112 cardinal
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06.08.2019