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Today’s Memory – Diego Velázquez

Diego Velázquez

baptised 6 June 1599, Seville, Andalusia – 6 August 1660, Madrid


Las Meninas, 1656

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez was the most important Spanish painter of the 17th century, a giant of Western art, leading artist in the court of King Philip IV.

Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618

The naturalistic style in which he was trained provided a language for the expression of his remarkable power of observation in portraying both the living model and still life.

Three Musicians, 1618
The Drinkers. 1629

Stimulated by the study of 16th-century Venetian painting, he developed from a master of faithful likeness and characterization into the creator of masterpieces of visual impression unique in his time.

The Surrender of Breda, 1635

With brilliant diversity of brushstrokes and subtle harmonies of color, he achieved effects of form and texture, space, light, and atmosphere, that make him the chief forerunner of 19th-century French Impressionism.

The Fable of Arachne, 1648

He painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners, culminating in the production of his masterpiece Las Meninas (1656).

Portrait of Juan De Pareja, c. 1650
Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1650
Portrait of the Infanta Maria Theresa, Philip IV’s Daughter With Elisabeth of France

More on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Vel%C3%A1zquez

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