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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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Las Meninas [detail] - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Las Meninas [detail]
Doña Maria de Austria, Queen of Hungary - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Doña Maria de Austria, Queen of Hungary
The Supper at Emmaus - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Supper at Emmaus
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...
The Jester Known as Don Juan de Austria 1632-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Jester Known as Don Juan de Austria 1632-35
Infante Felipe Prospero (detail) c. 1660 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Infante Felipe Prospero (detail) c. 1660
The Adoration of the Magi 1619 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Adoration of the Magi 1619
Bacchus - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Bacchus
Head of a Girl c. 1618 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Head of a Girl c. 1618
Pablo De Valladolid - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Pablo De Valladolid
Infant Margarita - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Infant Margarita
Cardinal Camillo Astalli - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Cardinal Camillo Astalli
The White Horse - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The White Horse
Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Isabel of Bourbon Equestrian 1634-35
Portrait Of A Little Girl - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait Of A Little Girl
St  Anthony Abbot And St  Paul The Hermit - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
St Anthony Abbot And St Paul The Hermit
Equestrian Portrait Of Balthasar Carlos - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Equestrian Portrait Of Balthasar Carlos
Saint Thomas - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Saint Thomas
Philip III on Horseback 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip III on Horseback 1634-35
Philip IV in Armour c. 1628 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip IV in Armour c. 1628
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
Queen Isabel, Standing 1631-32 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Isabel, Standing 1631-32
The Surrender of Breda (detail-4) 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Surrender of Breda (detail-4) 1634-35
The Surrender of Breda 2 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Surrender of Breda 2
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