Thomas Jefferson Bryan acquired this painting, which he believed was by the seventeenth-century Spanish painter Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez, from the collection of R. W. Meade--a Philadelphian and a United States government employee who bought the painting in Spain. In fact, it is a very good studio copy after Velasquez's full-length "Portrait of Queen Mariana" in the Prado, Madrid. It has been suggested that this very fine copy may have been painted by Velasquez's son-in-law Juan Bautista Martinez Mazo. The sitter, Dona Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), married her uncle, Philip IV (1605-1665), to preserve Hapsburg control of Europe. Bryan believed that their daughter, the Infanta Margarita, portrayed in Velasquez's "Las Meninas," was the sitter in this portrait.
Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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