Category:Calabazas (Cleveland Museum of Art)

Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q297
Diego Velázquez
Alternative names Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

Spanish painter

Date of birth/death 7 August 1660
Location of birth/death Seville Madrid
Work location Madrid, Seville, Italy
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English: Diego Velázquez. Portrait of the Jester Calabazas, c. 1631-1632. Cleveland Museum of Art
Español: Retrato de buffon Juan Calabazas (Calabacillas)
Русский: Портрет шута Хуана Калабасаса (Калабасильяса)
Calabazas, a jester in the court of King Philip IV of Spain, had physical and mental disabilities, a state that the artist emphasizes, rather than tries to hide. While the Spanish court prized and doted upon deformed people such as Calabazas, Velázquez transformed their depiction in portraiture. This startling work uses the format of the formal, full-length court portrait to present a type of person generally perceived as marginal, and while the painting baldly holds the jester up as an oddity of nature, the work profoundly humanizes him at the same time.
Date c. 1631-1632
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Framed - h:199.30 w:133.10 d:12.70 cm (h:78 7/16 w:52 3/8 d:5 inches)� Unframed - h:175.00 w:106.00 cm (h:68 7/8 w:41 11/16 inches)
Cleveland Museum of Art Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q657415
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Native name Cleveland Museum of Art
Location Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 41° 30′ 32″ N, 81° 36′ 42″ W Link to OpenStreetMap  Link to Google Maps
Established (Officially opened in 1916)
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Gallery 212
Object history

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1965.15

  • Buen Retiro, inventories of 1701, 1716, 1789, 1794, .and 1808.
  • Believed by Pantorba to have been clandestinely removed from Spain during the Peninsular War.
  • Duke ofPersigny, Paris, in 1866; sold in Paris in 1872 for 1,6oo francs.
  • Maurice Cottier, Paris, from 1872 to at least 1888.
  • Sir George Donaldson, London, in 1906.
  • Sir Herbert Cook, Richmond, after 1910.
  • Sir Francis Cook, Jersey, in 1956; sold at
  • Christie's, London, 1965, for 170,000 guineas.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art since 1965.
References López-Rey, J. Velázquez. Painter of painters. Catalogue raisonne. Taschen, 1996.

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