Philip IV hunting Wild Boar (La Tela Real)

This form of boar hunt was practised by the Spanish kings; the game was hunted within a canvas (tela) enclosure (hence 'La Tela Real' i.e. the Royal Enclosure). Owing to the tremendous expense involved, only the king could afford it. In the right foreground Philip IV is meeting the charge of the boar; immediately to his left is the Conde-Duque de Olivares (first minister to the king) and beyond him the Infante Don Carlos (?), Philip's brother.

The Queen, Isabella, can be seen seated in the carriage near the riders.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1599 - 1660
Full title
Philip IV hunting Wild Boar (La Tela Real)
Date made
probably 1632-7
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
182 x 302 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1846
Inventory number
NG197
Location in Gallery