King Philip IV of Spain Was A Pinhead

Sunday’s Boston Globe features a Sebastian Smee piece on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s restoration of Diego Velázquez’s portrait of Spanish King Philip IV.

Old canvas:

Restored canvas:

Inevitable conclusion:


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4 Responses to King Philip IV of Spain Was A Pinhead

  1. arafat kazi says:

    lawwllz it looks like they just put it in photoshop and hit “auto levels.”

  2. Steve Stein says:

    A further restoration would find that if you removed all the soot, the outfit King Phillip is wearing is really yellow with big orange polkadots!

  3. Laurence Glavin says:

    Smee states that we are looking at the King from a low vantage point; it seems head-on (cue the “HeadOn” commercial) to me. But if he’s correct, that might explain the attribute. It may be necessary to consult an expert: Bill O’Reilly.

  4. Curmudgeon says:

    Cleaning doesn’t change the question of why such a long face.

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