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In memoriam: Diego Velázquez
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Spanish #Baroque painter Diego Velázquez died #OnThisDay in 1660.
One of the most important artists of Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez is most notably known for portraying the court of King Philip IV. Although, until the nineteenth century little was known of Velázquez’s paintings outside of Spain, his artwork served later as an inspiration to many modern artists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon. Moreover, his elusive masterpiece, Las Meninas, which explores the relationship between illusion and reality, became one of the most analysed artworks in Western painting.
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Image: Photography of “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez. Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España, Public Domain