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Improv Everywhere: 17th Century Spanish King Offers Autographs in front of His Portrait


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For their latest gag, the folks at Improv Everywhere invited King Philip IV of Spain (1605-1665) to stand before his portrait painted by Diego Velázquez. His Majesty offered free autographs to anyone at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City who wanted one. Some people suspected that he was just an actor, and not the actual king.

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Improv Everywhere has certainly done more elaborate stuff than that. I would have expected maybe a few more people who look like pictures in the Met.

That just sounds like something the Museum could have done on its own. On a side note, Philip IV of Spain was considered a pretty ineffectual leader. Not the same Philip IV who founded the Order of the Golden Fleece a couple hundred years earlier.
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@gussie

Sorry to contradict you.
Times are tough, and because of the recession, Philip III is the new Philip IV.

Damn you, banking system.
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If you insist. Maybe I'm thinking about Philip IV of France, who disbanded the Knights Templar and burned Jacques de Molay.
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