Infanta Margarita in a blue Dress

1659, Artist: Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez



Infanta Margarita in a blue Dress

One year before his death Velázquez created this portrait of the eight-year old Infanta as well as that of her little brother Philip Prosper (Inv.-No. 319); they were to be his last completed works. That year the pictures went to Emperor Leopold I, who married the Infanta in 1666. The painter’s personal style reached its highpoint here: shimmering spots of colour on wide painting surfaces produce an almost impressionistic effect – the viewer must stand at a suitable distance to get the impression of complete, three-dimensional spatiality.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 10

Object data

Object Name







Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599 Sevilla - 1660 Madrid) - GND




oben halbrund beschnitten und wieder ergänzt: Overall: 125,5 cm × 106 cm × 3 cm
Framed: 149,5 cm × 128,5 cm × 7 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 2130


Sent to the Viennese court as a gift from King Philip IV in 1659; taken over by the Hofburg in 1922

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