Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | European History
During the years that Diego Velázquez occupied the post as pintor principal (court painter) to King Philip IV of Spain, the images he created of his sovereign were exhibited so that members at court as well as visiting sovereigns and dignitaries could view these representations of strength as a reflection of the Spanish kingdom. The clarity of the presentation of power of King Philip IV and his family was vital in continuing with the tradition of demonstrating the royal family's strength as rulers through the medium of art. Similarly, the duty of the Count Duke Olivares as favorite to the king made him equally responsible in ensuring that Philip and the Spanish monarchy remained in a flattering light.
Gray, Kristina M.
"Politics, Painting and Presentation: Velázquez’s Equestrian Portraits for the Hall of Realms,"
McNair Scholars Research Journal: Vol. 11
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/mcnair_journal/vol11/iss1/8