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.
Overall: 129 cm × 100 cm × 2,7 cm
Framed: 151 cm × 122 cm × 8 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Sent as a gift to the Viennese court in 1659
Infant Philipp Prosper Sohn d. Philipp IV. von Habsburg Spanien (1657 - 1661) - GND
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