9Portrait of Innocent X by Diego Velázquez

One of the gallery’s most iconic works, Diego Velázquez’s “Portrait of Innocent X” is a masterpiece that commands attention.

The Spanish artist’s rendering of Pope Innocent X is both intense and intimate, capturing the complex emotions of the sitter. The pope’s piercing gaze and the play of light and shadow make this portrait a prime example of Baroque portraiture. Velázquez’s ability to convey psychological depth adds a layer of intrigue to this compelling artwork.