Portrait of Diego de Villamayor by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz

Portrait of Diego de Villamayor by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz

The talent of the Spanish painter Juan Pantohi de la Cruz was especially evident in the field of the ceremonial portrait of the Habsburg times. The court painter did not have to investigate emotions and convey the inner experiences of the people depicted on his canvases, who pose positively, showing their high position and wealth.

However, “Portrait of Diego de Vilmajor” attracts attention with special expressiveness and a true transfer of the image. A seventeen-year-old from a noble family appears before the viewer in elegant armor of blued steel with gold ornaments and in a pleated pleated collar

– a clear sign of a secular suit dressed for appearance at court, rather than military campaigns.

On the chest of the hero hangs the knightly order of Alcantara. Jewels and fine trifles emphasize the truthful characteristic of the Spanish grandee, confident in its importance. In his image – the whole aristocratic Spain of the times of Philip III of Habsburg.

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