Emperor Charles V - Juan Pantocha de la Cruz. 185 x 110 cm.
The portrait of the emperor was created by the artist in the last years of his life, when his style was perfected in fixing numerous details of the clothes and surroundings of Charles V. The emperor is depicted in the painting as a warrior, in ceremonial armor of black color, richly trimmed with gold, engraving and saturated with small details. Karl stands, turning to the audience in three quarters, in the tense pose characteristic of the ceremonial portraits of that time. A large gilded helmet with a visor down is on the low table, covered with a scarlet silk tablecloth, decorated with gold embroidery. The plume of a helmet made of lush ostrich feathers of all shades of red is in perfect harmony with the black and gold of the rest of the armor.
The emperor’s hands are clad in plate gloves. In one hand he holds a long object in the form of a cylinder, most likely, the laws rolled into a tube adopted during his reign. The second hand, also in the glove, rests on the thigh.
Karl’s legs are high, attached to the belt, are boots of light, cream skin, worn over white long stockings. The boots are decorated with ceremonial spurs - small ones made of gold or gilded metal. A tall white shirt collar and a silk tie are visible from under the armor.
The background of the picture is extremely modest, neutral. The image of a dark wall turning into an equally inconspicuous, inexpressive floor serves them. The effect brightens the part of the window with the landscape and the table on massive straight legs.
Karl's face betrays his origin, or rather, his typical long nose, characteristic of the Habsburg dynasty. He wears a broad and very well-groomed small beard and mustache, a short haircut, dark hair. Before us is a man in his prime, a noble, strong and incredibly rich, having at least a dozen crowns of different levels. From all his appearance, successfully captured by the artist, a feeling of strength and enormous, almost unlimited power emanates.