Philip III of Spain

Andrés López Polanco, Andrés Lópezc. 1617

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle

Philip III of Habsburg was King of Spain 1598 to 1621. Here he is seen wearing black armour with the order of the Golden Fleece around his neck. In his right hand he holds a baton which is pointed at the globe on the checkered floor. The portrait is similar in composition to the knee-length portrait of Philip III executed by Andres Lopez in 1617, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

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  • Title: Philip III of Spain
  • Creator: Andres Lopez
  • Date Created: c. 1617
  • Location Created: Prague, Czech Republic
  • artist: Andres Lopez Polanco, attributed to
  • Tags: Spanish school, Portrait
  • Provenance: Skokloster Castle 1676
  • Physical Dimensions: w 1030, h 1810 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: Nothing is known for certain regarding where or when Andres Lopez Polanco was born, but it is possible that he originated from Valladolid. This assumpition is based upon a signed but undated portrait executed by Lopez of Juan Bautista de Aceredo, the second-bishop of Valladolid, still in the city cathedral. The other works of Lopez is recorded in Madrid from 1608, where he served as court painter to Philip III and Philip IV. Through out his entire career he devoted himself almost exclusively to portraits.
  • Additional info: The portrait was most likely taken from Prague as war booty by the Swedish army in 1648.
  • Type: Oil on canvas