This is one of the many portraits of King Philip IV painted by Diego Velazquez. This painting was created by the artist after returning from Italy, where he studied the canvases of famous painters.
By the time of painting, Velazquez had been a court painter for several years. Philip IV was an admirer of his talent. That is why he said the phrase: "No one but you will write me no more."
The picture shows a young king in full growth in an embroidered silver suit. Philip IV is stately and calm, as befits a royal person. His lips are compressed and his eyes are a little sad. But the face does not darken, there is not a single wrinkle on it.
In the background is visible the king's hat lying on the table. On the left is the curtain. The background of the picture is designed to shade the king’s figure. Nothing distracts the eye from Philip IV.
In his hand the king holds a folded sheet of paper. Velazquez put his signature on it. Not all of his portraits were signed by the artist. The presence of an autograph indicates the significance of this canvas for Velazquez himself.
Without even knowing who is depicted in the picture, you can guess that this is a wealthy and powerful person. This is indicated by a pose. A man stands with his left hand on the hilt of a sword. Such a pose speaks of power and power. A rich costume also testifies to a noble origin. A long golden chain with the sign of the Order of the Golden Fleece hangs on the neck. Only members of noble families were ordained to this order.
This portrait once again characterizes Velazquez as a master in drawing the texture of fabrics. If you look at the canvas close to your eyes there will be a huge number of strokes and dots. But if you step back, then all of them will line up in a complex pattern. With his technique, the artist was able to convey the volume of embroidery and the sheen of silver. It is also seen that the cape is sewn from light fabric, because the background shines through it.