Portrait of Eugene Martinez Vallejo (la Monster), Juan Carreño de Miranda
- Posted by Juan Carreño de Miranda
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: Around 1680
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Eugene Martinez Vallejo (la Monster) – Juan Carreño de Miranda. Around 1680. Oil on canvas. 165×107
The artist studied at the works of Velazquez, copied them, also experienced the influence of Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck, from which he adopted the volume of forms, the laid-back of the drawing, the brightness of the colors, the golden lighting. Due to its origin, the master was well aware of the behind-the-scenes structure and psychology of the royal court. Since 1669 he was a court artist, with 1671 a personal painter of the king.
On the subject, this canvas, ordered by the painter by Karl II himself, resembles works from the series “Carlicks” by Diego Velazquez. A fat girl due to illness is captured by an artist in a patterned dress. There is an image of Eugene in the form of Bacchus – without clothes, with a wreath on his head. A child nicknamed a monster was shown at fairs.