María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain  1654

by Diego Velázquez

The daughter of King Philip IV of Spain, María Teresa became the presumptive heir to the throne upon the death of her brother in 1646. Princely suitors from around Europe were keen to have a portrait of the young infanta as she reached marriageable age. Originally bust length but subsequently cut down and then reenlarged at the bottom, this likeness of María Teresa wearing...
13 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (34.3 x 40 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art