What Velásquez’ Portrait of King Philip IV of Spain Tells Us

What Velásquez’ Portrait of King
Philip IV of Spain Tells Us About
Voting Rights Today

by Margaret Hawkins

Context is everything. Diego Velázquez’s 1630 portrait of King Philip IV of Spain once graced the monarch’s palace in Madrid, a solipsistic reminder to the resident of his God-given right to rule nations. Now, thanks to American circus money, it hangs in the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. 

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Diego Velázquez, “Philip IV, King of Spain,” ca. 1628/29, oil on canvas 82 3/8 x 47 5/8”. Courtesy of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; bequest of John Ringling, 1936