The painting follows the style of Velázquez in its handling, though lacking his supreme skill as a painter of convincing interiors. The room in the background represents the Octagonal Room (Pieza Ochavada) in the Royal Palace in Madrid, before the destruction of the building by fire in 1734. The boy king Charles II is shown there with a group of attendants and a toy coach.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1612/16; died 1667
Full title
Queen Mariana of Spain in Mourning
Date made
1666
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
196.8 x 146 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Rosalind, the Countess of Carlisle, 1913
Inventory number
NG2926
Location in Gallery