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Velázquez

Diego Velázquez

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Birth Year : 1599
Death Year : 1660
Country : Spain

Velázquez, although born in Seville, was of Portuguese descent. He may have studied with Herrara, the elder, but it is certain that he spent six years in Seville in the studio of a painter named Pacheco. He married Pacheco’s daughter in 1618. His work was Baroque in style, with heavy pigment and sharp contrasts that suited the tavern scenes and still lifes he painted until 1623, when he went to Madrid and became painter to the king. As court painter he was principally a portraitist; and his style changed entirely, becoming lighter, clearer, and shallower in composition. Following a trip to Italy in 1629, Velázquez, who had copied Renaissance paintings, abandoned Classicism. He began to use silvery tones and a wider range of color, painting in a way that was not to be equaled in atmosphere, use of light, dramatic composition, and optical effects until the 19th century Impressionists.

 

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