We are studying Diego Velazquez this term.
Velazquez is most known for his ability to capture his subject's feelings. He started as an apprentice doing chores and having lessons. While still a teenager, he became a master artist. He became close friends with Phillip IV of Spain and often painted Spanish royalty. But he also painted portraits of people with everyday occupations. He spent 37 years as official court painter and head decorator. He was made a knight.
Juan de Pareja, 1630
Juan de Pareja was Velazquez's slave, helper and assistant. Paperwork exists that shows how Velazquez freed him.
Joseph's Coat Brought to Jacob, 1650
Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor), 1656
This is Velazquez's most famous painting. It is life size and Velazquez has painted himself getting ready to paint. In the mirror behind him, you can see the king and queen.
Old Woman Frying Eggs, 1618
The Water Seller of Seville, 1623
In this painting, the crystal glass and the drops of water on the outside of the jug look amazingly lifelike against the rough clothing of the water Seller.
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