María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain

Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 625

Originally bust-length, this painting was subsequently cut down. Velázquez’s likeness of María Teresa wearing a wig with butterfly ribbons served as a model for his assistants to copy as they met the high demand for official portraits of the young princess. The daughter of King Philip IV, María Teresa received the attention of suitors across Europe who would have known her appearance primarily from the circulation of these portraits. In a powerful 1660 political alliance, she married her first cousin, Louis XIV, and became queen of France.

María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain, Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, Seville 1599–1660 Madrid), Oil on canvas

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