Portrait of Diego de Villamayora, Juan Pantoha de la Cruz – description

Portrait of Diego de Villamayora, Juan Pantoha de la Cruz – description
Portrait of Diego de Villamayora, Juan Pantoha de la Cruz - description - 1

  • Posted by Juan Pantoha de la Cruz
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1605

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Diego de Villamayora – Juan Pantoha de la Cruz. 1605. Oil on canvas. 88.5×70.5

   The talent of the Spanish painter Juan Pantohi de la Cruz was especially evident in the area of the ceremonial portrait of the Habsburgs. The court painter should not have investigated emotions and convey the internal experiences of people depicted on his canvases who valiantly position, showing their high position and wealth.

   However, the “Portrait of Diego de Wilmaior” attracts attention with the special expressiveness and truthful transmission of the image. A seventeen-year-old youth from a noble family appears before the audience in elegant armor made of funky steel with a golden ornament and in a magnificent tiled collar – a clear sign of a secular costume dressed for appearance at court, rather than military campaigns. On the hero’s chest hangs the knightly order of Alcantar. Jewelry and elegant little things emphasize the true characterization of the Spanish grand confident in its significance. In his image is all the aristocratic Spain since the time of Philip III of Habsburg.