Diego Velázquez

Self Portrait
Spanish painter

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

was born,
June 6, 1599,
in Seville, Spain

A leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and of the Spanish Golden Age, he was an individualistic artist of the contemporary baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, 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).
From the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez’s artwork was a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in particular Edouard Manet. Since that time, more modern artists, including Spain’s Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, as well as the Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon, have paid tribute to Velazquez by recreating several of his most famous works.
(From Wikipedia)

So here’s a glimpse of this HUGE painter’s work
Joseph bloody coat

“I would rather be the first painter of common things than second in higher art.”

St. Anthony the Abbot and St. Paul the First Hermit
Three musicians
The immaculate conception
Saint Paul
Prince Philippe Prosper
Lady from court
The Triumph of Bacchus

“I’ll never get tired of hearing your sweet words, but i will get tired of not.”

Portrait of cardinal infante Ferdinand of Austria with gun and dog
Portrait of Pope Innocent X
Las Meninas
Las Meninas, detail / self portrait

“A human will only grasp the realm of a parent’s love when he experiences for himself the like.”

Portrait of the Infanta Maria Theresa, Philip IV’s daughter with Elisabeth of France
Portrait of Juan de Pareja
Saint Ildefonso Receiving the Chasuble from the Virgin
Portrait of the eight-year-old Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress
The Supper at Emmaus

“Raphael, to be plain with you, for I prefer to be candid and outspoken, does not please me at all….It is Titian that bears the banner.” Speaking to Salvator Rosa of the Italian painter Raphael

Self Portrait
This huge painter must have had a special fondness for dogs… but this detail from Prince Philippe Prosper is just beyond words! …the expression on his/her eyes!
Prince Philippe Prosper

I’ve chosen two pieces by a Spanish composer of that time,

Joan Pau Pujol

Tristis est anima mea

Si del pan de vida

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33 replies »

  1. Those poor young children in such restrictive clothing! It must have been torture to sit for their portraits. Pope Innocent X looks guilty as sin.

  2. Fantabulous… magnificent treasures, generally hidden from the world at large. How wonderful of you to be so thoughtful is having chosen to share this beauty! Thank you Marina…

    • Ah, thank you, my dear Jean-Jacques! Magnificent treasures indeed! As I was saying to Dale, revisiting the work of these masters is an amazing experience to me, so sharing it is even more so! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, my friend! 🙂

  3. Beautiful Art work… such attention to detail. Especially on the gown with pearls.. and cape of the pope… capturing the shine of the silk…. 🙂
    Have a peaceful Weekend Marina.. ❤ Hugs your way

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