Don Gaspar de Guzmán (1587–1645), Count-Duke of Olivares

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)

Classification: Paintings

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.