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Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (June 6, 1599 - August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. 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, Velazquez'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)


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Queen Mariana II - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Mariana II
Las Meninas (detail-5) 1656-57 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas (detail-5) 1656-57
The Buffoon Calabazas I - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Buffoon Calabazas I
Queen Margarita on Horseback 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Margarita on Horseback 1634-35
A Dwarf Sitting On The Floor - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
A Dwarf Sitting On The Floor
Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) or the Royal Family... - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) or the Royal Family...
The Drunkards - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Drunkards
Court Dwarf Don Antonio el Ingles c. 1640-42 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Court Dwarf Don Antonio el Ingles c. 1640-42
The Waterseller of Seville (detail) 1623 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Waterseller of Seville (detail) 1623
Peasants at the Table (El Almuerzo) c. 1620 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Peasants at the Table (El Almuerzo) c. 1620
The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas
Infanta Maria Teresa - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Infanta Maria Teresa
Cardinale Infante Ferdinand of Austria as Hunter - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Cardinale Infante Ferdinand of Austria as Hunter
The Needlewoman c. 1640 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Needlewoman c. 1640
Allegorical Portrait Of Philip IV - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Allegorical Portrait Of Philip IV
The Immaculate Conception c. 1618 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Immaculate Conception c. 1618
Innocent X - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Innocent X
Las Meninas (detail-3) 1656-57 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas (detail-3) 1656-57
Villa Medici, Grotto-Loggia Facade 1630 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Villa Medici, Grotto-Loggia Facade 1630
St Anthony Abbot and St Paul the Hermit (detail) c... - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
St Anthony Abbot and St Paul the Hermit (detail) c...
Self-Portrait c. 1640 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Self-Portrait c. 1640
Lady With A Fan - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Lady With A Fan
The Fable Of Arachne - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Fable Of Arachne
Queen Dona Mariana of Austria 1652-53 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Dona Mariana of Austria 1652-53
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