Philip IV and his courtly circle are hunting a wild boar in a forest clearing in one of the most common courtly practices. The monarch is depicted on horseback in the centre of the composition carrying a spear intended for hunting while accompanied by the Count Duke of Olivares and probably his two brothers. Wild boar hunting was an expensive as well as traditional practice that marked special occasions when the king hunted the animal within the boundaries of a canvas. This painting by Velázquez was intended for the Torre de la Parada. This image is an excellent resource for an insight into the leisure and festive celebrations of the Court in the Modern Age.
Project: 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe., 5. Power and powers in the history of Europe: oligarchies, political participation and democracy.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Format: Oil on canvas (182 x 302 cm)
Source: Galería Nacional de Londres (Londres, Inglaterra)
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: Galería Nacional de Londres (Londres, Inglaterra)
Abstract: A recreational hunting scene at the Court, immortalised by Velázquez's brushImage