Olga's Gallery

Peter Paul Rubens


The Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma.

1603. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note.

Peter Paul Rubens. The Equestrian Portrait  of the Duke of Lerma.

Duke of Lerma, Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas (1553-1625), Spanish statesman of a noble family, he, while in the service of Philip II, won the confidence of the heir to the throne,  who on becoming the king, Philip III, in 1598 entrusted him with the conduct of public affairs and in 1599 made him Duke of Lerma. He enjoyed considerable influence on Spanish and European policy.  In 1618 Pope Paul V appointed him a cardinal