|Titre :||Horses at the Wallace Collection: Paintings by Diego Velázquez and Philips Wouwerman|
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|Auteurs :||Lelia Packer, Auteur|
|Type de document :||document vidéo|
|Année de publication :||2018|
|Format :||26 min.|
EquivocÉpoque Moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe) ; Peinture ; Portrait
Horses are featured in a number of paintings throughout the Wallace Collection. Perhaps the most iconic is Prince Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School (Studio of Diego Velázquez, c. 1640-45) set at the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. Prince Baltasar is shown riding his horse in the extreme foreground, the individual horse prominently featured in equal measure to the prince. By contrast, the Wallace’s paintings by the Dutch master Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668) from around the same time, arguably the most successful painter of equestrian subjects, feature a multitude of figures and horses in a ariety of difficult poses. No other artist painted horses in such diversity and with such consummate skill. In the numerous battles, hunting parties, stables, forges, riding schools and army encampments Wouwerman represented, horses take centre stage.
Prince Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School was bought by Richard Seymour-Conway (1800-1870), 4th Marquess of Hertford in 1856 for the considerable sum of 1,210 guineas. At that time, the painting was thought to be an original by Velázquez. Wouwerman’s paintings also fetched high prices during his lifetime and continued to be popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The majority of Wouwerman’s paintings at the Wallace were acquired by Lord Hertford who sought ‘pleasing pictures’ for his collection; this might explain the absence of any of Wouwerman’s celebrated battle scenes from the collection.
This talk will highlight the distinctive roles of the horse in Velázquez and Wouwerman’s paintings in courtly and genre settings. While Velázquez perfected the courtly equestrian portrait, Wouwerman’s highly specialised subjects made an essential and original contribution to the rich diversity of seventeenth-century Dutch painting and to Western art more generally.
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