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.
oben halbrund beschnitten und wieder ergänzt: Overall: 125,5 cm × 106 cm × 3 cm
Framed: 149,5 cm × 128,5 cm × 7 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
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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