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Diego Velázquez

(1599-1660)

Diego Velázquez Portrait

Biography

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Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez was born in 1599 in Seville, the first child of Juan Rodriguez de Silva and Jeronima Velázquez, members of the lesser nobility. Almost nothing is known about Diego’s siblings – five brothers and a sister. Velázquez seems to have started his apprenticeship with Francisco de Herrera the Elder (c.1590-1654), but a short while later (in 1611) his father put him with Francisco Pacheco (1564-1644), who was an artist of modest talent, but a tolerant teacher and a man of society. Francisco Pacheco had good contacts in the royal court and besides, intellectuals of the city, poets, scholars, and artists, liked to meet at his workshop to discuss the subjects of classical antiquity, Raphael, Michelangelo and above all Titian, as well as the theory of art. At this time, Velazquez became familiar with the school of Caravaggio.

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Diego Velázquez. Old Woman Frying Eggs. Old Woman Frying Eggs. 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Three Men at Table. Three Men at Table. c.1618. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. Detail. Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. Detail. 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. Detail. Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. Detail. 1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Peasants' Dinner. Peasants' Dinner. c.1618. Oil on canvas. Szepmuveseti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus. Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus. c.1618. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Head of a Girl. Head of a Girl. c.1618. Chalk drawing. Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. The Adoration of the Magi. The Adoration of the Magi. 1619. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. St. Idelfonso Receiving the Chasuble from the Virgin. St. Idelfonso Receiving the Chasuble from the Virgin. c.1620. Oil on canvas. Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. The Waterseller in Seville. The Waterseller in Seville. c.1620. Oil on canvas. Wellington Museum, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Mother Jerónima de la Fuente. Mother Jerónima de la Fuente. 1620. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. A Young Man (Self-Portrait?). A Young Man (Self-Portrait?). 1623/24. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Head of a Stag. Head of a Stag. 1626-27. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Philip IV in Armour. Philip IV in Armour. c.1628. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Portrait of Phillip IV. Portrait of Phillip IV. c.1628. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Infanta Maria, Later Queen of Hungary. Infanta Maria, Later Queen of Hungary. c.1628-30. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Democritus. Democritus. 1628-29. Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Portrait of a Young Man. Portrait of a Young Man. c.1628. Oil on canvas. Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Bachus. Bachus. 1628-29. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Study for the Head of Apollo in Study for the Head of Apollo in "The Forge of Vulcan". . Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. The Forge of Vulcan. The Forge of Vulcan. 1630. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Joseph's Bloody Coat Brought to Jacob. Joseph's Bloody Coat Brought to Jacob. 1630. Oil on canvas. Patrimonio Nacional, Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Villa Medici in Rome (Pavillion of Ariadne). Villa Medici in Rome (Pavillion of Ariadne). 1630. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Villa Medici in Rome (Facade of the Grotto-Logia). Villa Medici in Rome (Facade of the Grotto-Logia). 1630. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Portrait of a Lady. Portrait of a Lady. 1630-33. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Portrait of a Gentleman, Probably of Juan Mateos, Master of the Royal Staghounds. Portrait of a Gentleman, Probably of Juan Mateos, Master of the Royal Staghounds. c.1631-32. Oil on canvas. Alte Meister Gallerie, Dresden, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Philip IV in Brown and Silver. Philip IV in Brown and Silver. 1631-32. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Queen Isabel, Standing. Queen Isabel, Standing. 1631-32. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Prince Baltasar Carlos with a Dwarf. Prince Baltasar Carlos with a Dwarf. 1631. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Christ Crucified. Christ Crucified. c.1632. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. The Cardinal Infante Don Fernando (Philip IV's Younger brother) as a Hunter. The Cardinal Infante Don Fernando (Philip IV's Younger brother) as a Hunter. c.1632-33. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback. Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback. 1634/35. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. A White Horse. A White Horse. c.1634-35. Oil on canvas. Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Philip III on Horseback. Philip III on Horseback. c.1634-35. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Queen Margarita on Horseback. Queen Margarita on Horseback. 1634-35. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Diego Velázquez. Count-Duke of Olivares on Horseback. Count-Duke of Olivares on Horseback. 1634. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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