Unknown Velazquez portrait at Prado Museum
10 June, 2017
Madrid’s Prado Museum is presenting a previously unknown portrait of King Philip III of Spain, AFP reports. The work is attributed to Velazquez and has been discovered by American collector William B. Jordan, who donated it to the museum. The painting depicts King Philip III who ruled over Spain from 1598 to 1621. The canvas will be on show along with other works until 29 October. According to the Prado Museum, the portrait served as a preliminary sketch for another piece by Velazquez – the Expulsion of the Moriscos, which got destroyed in a massive fire in 1734 before the museum was built.
William B. Jordan found the painting at an auction held in 1988 in London. At the time, it was entitled Portrait of a Man and was attributed to another artist. Following its restoration, the collector speculated that it might actually be a work by Velazquez. The Prado Museum confirmed this suspicion after examining the work and comparing it to other Velazquez paintings. There are about120 Velazquez works left and most of them are kept at the Prado Museum.