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Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares, Duke of San Lucar la Mayor

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Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares, Duke of San Lucar la Mayor

After Diego Rodigruez Velazquez, de Silva y,
After Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, (June 28, 1577–May 30, 1640)

Creation date: ca. 1626
Creation place: Belgium

Other Information

Type: Engraving with Etching
Medium and Support: Engraving with etching on laid paper
Credit Line: Gift of John W. Rice, John R. Holmes, Carol R. Keeney and Susan R. Beasley in memory of their mother, Elizabeth F. Rice, by exchange; Bequest of Paul and Eunice Greeley, by exchange; Gift of Earle W. Grant, by exchange; Gift of Mrs. Glenn G. Miller in memory of her mother, Mrs. Marie Colton Tibbits, by exchange; Bequest of George and Marion Phillips, by exchange; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arent H. Schuyler, by exchange; Gift of Edith Roberts, by exchange; Gift of Mrs. Richard Worthington in memory of her mother, by exchange
Accession Number: 2017.33
Dimensions: 24 x 17 3/16 in. (61 x 44 cm)


Jan Johnson Old Master & Modern Prints, Inc., Chambly QC, Canada ( - 06/08/2017)

The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (06/08/2017 - )

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The Latin inscription indicates the fascinating genesis of this portrait, which involved the collaboration of the two greatest court painters of the day, Velázquez and Rubens, who would not meet in person until two years later. Working from a painted portrait by Velázquez, Rubens created the symbolic program surrounding the likeness of Philip IV’s prime minister.
Attributes of Hercules and Minerva represent strength and wisdom, while Hesperus, Spain’s star, burns brightly encircled by eternity. Trumpets, garlands of fruit, and illuminating torches all symbolize the sitter’s virtue and good governance. --MAB 2018

Last Updated: 5/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain The San Diego Museum of Art , 5/18/2019 - 9/2/2019

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