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Attributed to Alfaro y Gámez, Juan de (Spanish painter, 1640-1680) , Portrait of Diego Velazquez

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Title Portrait of Diego Velazquez
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist Attributed to Alfaro y Gámez, Juan de (Spanish painter, 1640-1680)
Date Earliest about 1660
Date Latest 1680
Description The artist Juan de Afaro (or Alfaro) y Gámez was born in Conloba, about 1640, and was sent to Madrid to study under Velázquez, where he acquired skill as a portraitist and carried out important commissions in this field. His half-length portrait of his master shows a proud, forceful personality, the dark-haired head barely distinguishable from the background. The right hand is at the waist, resting perhaps on the sword hilt, just visible on the right hip. The curling black moustache and hair parted in the centre render the work similar to the portrait of Velazquez in the Uffizi.
Current Accession Number PC.106
Subject figure; portrait (Diego Velazquez)
Measurements 101 x 66 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald 1967.
Provenance Sir William Stirling Maxwell, probably acquired between 1842 and 1859; by descent to his son Sir John Stirling Maxwell; by descent to his daughter Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald.
Publications Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p. 3, no. 2, as Alfaro; The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Corporation of Glasgow: Museum and Art Galleries Department, c.1967, p. 61, no. 106, as Alfaro.

At top of stretcher, lettering: 'Portrait of Velazquez/ William Stirling Esq./ of Keir - ... [;] ... to the care of . [;] . . McCracken/ London', on middle of stretcher: '13'; seal on the canvas, partly rotten 'NA[;]NIF(following one unlegible letter) DI ROM ...'; the canvas is wider than visible, about 7 cm each side, covered by the frame.

The painting was re-engraved by H. Adlard from the print by Blas Amettler (in RETRATOS DE LOS ESPANOLES ILLUSTRES) for Sir William Stirling Maxwell's Annals of the Artists of Spain. In the engraving the lower part is different, the right hand holding a brush and the left a palette. The upper part is similar to the portrait in the Uffizi Gallery.

Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Heiner Krellig



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