If you are a fan of the Baroque period, take a look at my Velazquez self-portrait homage. Perfect for a framed fine art print on canvas. My humble tribute to him.
When I was a young teenager, my mother bought me a one book encyclopedia called something like “Great Masters of Painting”, or maybe “Painting Great Masters” – you got the picture, haven’t you?
It was a very heavy book about A3 size with a compilation of the most important painters in history. I loved that book. For years, I would spend countless hours observing those pictures and reading their history.
One of the painters that impressed me the most was:
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, (June 6, 1599 – August 6, 1660), Seville, Spain.
A major master in the royal court of King Philip IV, Velazquez was one of the most important artists of the Spanish Golden Age.
Possibly runaway converted Jewish, Velazquez’s paternal grandparents fled from their native Portugal to Spanish Andalusia decades before.
The boy was educated to be a God-fearing Christian and, was trained to learn a profession. He was known to be a fluent polyglot and well educated in philosophy. Influenced by many artists he expressed remarkable artistic inclination and young age.
An important portraitist, Velazquez was an individualist painter of the Baroque style era.
He depicted countless pictures of the Spanish noble families, famous European characters, and commoners, as well as renditions of scenes, both historical and cultural.
His most important masterpiece is called Las Meninas (1656) (The Girls).
From the beginning of the 19th century, Velazquez’s art became a paradigm for realists and impressionists, particularly Edward Manet.
Important modern artists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Francis Bacon, have paid homage to Velazquez since then by repainting many of his masterpieces.
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