Infante Philipp Prosper

1659, Artist: Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez



Infante Philipp Prosper

Philip Prosper (1657–1661), a son of King Philip IV, was a delicate and sickly child. The hope that was placed at that time in the sole heir to the Spanish crown is reflected in the depiction: fresh red and white stand in contrast to late autumnal, morbid colours. A small dog with wide eyes looks at the viewer as if questioningly, and the largely pale background hints at a gloomy fate: the little prince was barely four years old when he died.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 10

Object data

Object Name







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




Overall: 129 cm × 100 cm × 2,7 cm
Framed: 151 cm × 122 cm × 8 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 319


Sent as a gift to the Viennese court in 1659

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