Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

Find works by this artist in the eMuseum collections management system (collections.frick.org).

The King at War: Velázquez’s Portrait of Philip IV, October 26 2010 through January 23, 2011

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The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya, October 5, 2010, through January 9, 2011

Masterpieces of European Painting from The Cleveland Museum Art, November 8, 2006, through January 28, 2007

The Portrait of Philip IV by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) returned recently from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, having been cleaned for the first time in more than sixty years. The treatment by Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, revealed the dazzling original surface that had been veiled by a yellowing varnish.
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Velázquez in New York Museums

November 16, 1999 to January 30, 2000

To mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660), The Frick Collection brought together for the first time six of the Spanish master’s portraits belonging to public collections in New York.

The King at War: Velázquez's Portrait of Philip IV

October 26, 2010 to January 23, 2011 Painted at the height of Velázquez's career, the Frick's King Philip IV of Spain (1644) is one of the artist's consummate achievements. Contemporary chronicles as well as bills and invoices in Spanish archives indicate that it was painted in a makeshift studio only a few miles from the frontlines of a battle, and that it was completed in just three sittings. The work, which shows its subject dressed in military costume, an atypical depiction, was sent to Madrid where it was used during a victory celebration.