Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress: Diego Velazquez

Diego Velazquez: La Infanta Margarita

Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress is a portrait by Spanish Baroque artist Diego Velazquez.

Analysis of Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress

Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress is one of five Diego Velazquez royal commissions that depict Margaret Theresa of Spain, the most famous of which is Las Meninas. This work, painted in 1656, when the daughter of King Philip IV of Spain was five years old, shows the little girl suitably richly attired in opulent surroundings.

Margarita would later marry Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor in x and become the Holy Roman Empress, German Queen, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia.

The young Margarita makes up the majority of the canvas in a formal pose with minimal objects in the background of the sitter, typical of portraits from the Spanish Golden age.

Location

Diego Velazquez’s Infanta Margareta Teresa in a White and Silver Dress is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

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