Artist: Attributed to Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, Seville 1599–1660 Madrid)
Artist: and/or Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (Spanish, Cuenca ca. 1612–1667 Madrid)
Date: ca. 1635
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 50 1/4 x 41 in. (127.6 x 104.1 cm)
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1952
Accession Number: 52.125
The Count-Duke of Olivares was Philip IV’s powerful prime minister between 1621 and 1643. This picture is either a preliminary model or a reduced variant of a large equestrian portrait of the count-duke (Prado, Madrid), painted perhaps in celebration of a victory over the French at the border town of Fuenterrabía in 1638. In full armor and holding a baton, he is shown as a victorious commander. His horse holds a dressage position known as a levade.