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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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Archne (A Sybil) - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Archne (A Sybil)
Venus at her Mirror (The Rokeby Venus) 1649-51 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Venus at her Mirror (The Rokeby Venus) 1649-51
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...
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
Pope Innocent X c. 1650 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Pope Innocent X c. 1650
The Infante Don Carlos - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Infante Don Carlos
Mother Jerónima de la Fuente [detail] - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Mother Jerónima de la Fuente [detail]
The Dwarf Sebastian de Morra c. 1645 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Dwarf Sebastian de Morra c. 1645
Las Meninas (detail-4) 1656-57 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas (detail-4) 1656-57
Las Meninas (detail-2) 1656-57 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas (detail-2) 1656-57
Maria Teresa of Spain (with 'the two watches') - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Maria Teresa of Spain (with 'the two watches')
Villa Medici, Pavillion of Ariadne 1630 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Villa Medici, Pavillion of Ariadne 1630
Cardinal Camillo Astalli - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Cardinal Camillo Astalli
Two Young Men At A Table - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Two Young Men At A Table
The Adoration of the Magi 1619 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Adoration of the Magi 1619
The Dwarf Francisco Lezcano, Called
The Dwarf Francisco Lezcano, Called "El Nino de Vallecas"...
Head of a Stag 1626-27 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Head of a Stag 1626-27
A Dwarf Holding a Tome in His Lap (or Don Diego de... - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
A Dwarf Holding a Tome in His Lap (or Don Diego de...
Velazquez and the Royal Family - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Velazquez and the Royal Family
Cardinal Infante Don Fernando as a Hunter 1632-33 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Cardinal Infante Don Fernando as a Hunter 1632-33
Portrait of Philip IV, King of Spain - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of Philip IV, King of Spain
The Waterseller of Seville 1623 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Waterseller of Seville 1623
Las Meninas (detail-6) 1656-57 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas (detail-6) 1656-57
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