Autorretrato de Juan Carreño Miranda

Oil/ Canvas

Period: Spain 17th century

Artist: Juan Carreño Miranda

Documentation on the piece: Study of materials. 



Información adicional

Dimensiones 48 × 63 cm
About the artist and the artwork

Juan Carreño de Miranda was an Asturian painter of the Spanish Baroque school. He was born in Avilés in 1614, in a noble family. In 1625 he moved with his father, now a widower, to Madrid and began his training in the studio of Pedro de las Cuevas, a painter from Madrid.

His style is framed within the baroque. We note the Velásquez effect in the Light and Robbins studies. Throughout his artistic career, he covered most fields, with particular attention to religion and portraiture. During the first years of his career he took on important commissions for churches and private individuals and from 1669, when he was appointed painter to the king, he dedicated himself to painting feet with manure. He was one of the greatest portraitists of the Spanish court, along with Velázquez, with whom he was a close friend. Practice the formal and rigorous portrait, in soft colors and neutral backgrounds, without any detail or reproduction in jewelry or jewelry. He knew how to capture the figures of the Madrid court with elegance and mentality.

Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 63 × 48 cm, auctioned in Isbilya (Seville), in April 2016. Owned in the 19th century by the Marquis of Salamanca, the portrayed person has been recognized as a presumed self-portrait of Carreño thanks to the open engraving on it , attributed to Juan Bernabé Palomino.