Skip to main content

Possibly by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo, Don Adrián Pulido Pareja

Key facts
Full title Don Adrián Pulido Pareja
Artist Possibly by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo
Artist dates about 1612/16; died 1667
Date made after 1647
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 203.8 × 114.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1890
Inventory number NG1315
Location Room 30
Collection Main Collection
Don Adrián Pulido Pareja
Possibly by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo

A commanding male figure stares out at us, his white lace collar, shimmering silk sleeves and red sash standing out against his sombre black clothing and the nondescript background. This is Don Adrián Pulido Pareja, a distinguished captain in the Spanish royal navy.

He wears the Knight’s badge of the Order of Santiago, awarded to him in 1647, in the form of a gold medal decorated with a red cross in the shape of a sword. In his left hand he holds a wide-brimmed hat, and he grasps the wooden baton of a commander in his right.

When the National Gallery bought this portrait at the end of the nineteenth century, it was thought to be by Diego Velázquez, whose name appears in the inscription centre left, along with the date ‘1639’ (both have since been shown not to be original). The portrait has plausibly been attributed to Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo, Velázquez’s son-in-law and principal assistant.

Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download a low-resolution copy of this image for personal use.

License this image

License and download a high-resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low-resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Download low-resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo