Diego Velázquez died #OnThisDay in 1660. His last years were mostly taken up with royal portraits and before he died he was made a Knight of Santiago, an honour he always desired. You can see his portrait of KingPhilip IV ofSpain in Room 31: https://bit.ly/2JU3imvpic.twitter.com/i6kH9ejKb3
KingPhilip IV ofSpain was the son of Philip III and Margaret of Austria. His reign saw the decline of Spanish power. He wears the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece on a gold chain. Visit Velázquez's royal patron in Room 30: http://bit.ly/2tiGELWpic.twitter.com/J1OspBeuKt
Rubens painted this oil sketch shortly after returning to Antwerp following diplomatic assignments in Spain and England at the behest of KingPhilip IV ofSpain, missions that he accomplished under the cover of his activities as an artist. pic.twitter.com/d2Nb7WFOR9
‘The painter has faith in solid objects, arresting their motion through the world and preserving forever their thisness’
An extract from Amy Sackville's Painter to the King, a portrait of Diego Velázquez and his royal benefactor KingPhilip IV ofSpain.