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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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Portrait of the Infanta Margarita c. 1660 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of the Infanta Margarita c. 1660
Peasants' Dinner - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Peasants' Dinner
Queen Isabel - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Isabel
Philip IV II - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip IV II
Don Luis De Gongora Y Argote - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Luis De Gongora Y Argote
Abbess Jeronima de la Fuente 1620 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Abbess Jeronima de la Fuente 1620
Arachne - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Arachne
Prince Baltasar Carlos as a Hunter 1635-36 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Prince Baltasar Carlos as a Hunter 1635-36
Prince Baltasar Carlos with the Count-Duke of Olivares... - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Prince Baltasar Carlos with the Count-Duke of Olivares...
Queen Maria Anna of Spain in a red dress 1655 60 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Maria Anna of Spain in a red dress 1655 60
Queen Dona Mariana of Austria (detail) 1652-53 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Dona Mariana of Austria (detail) 1652-53
The Surrender of Breda (detail-2) 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Surrender of Breda (detail-2) 1634-35
Philip IV I - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip IV I
Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena
Portrait of a Knight of the Order of Santiago c. 1635 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of a Knight of the Order of Santiago c. 1635
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback 1635-36 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback 1635-36
Philip IV at Fraga - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip IV at Fraga
Dona Antonia de Ipenarrieta y Galdós and her Son Luis... - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Dona Antonia de Ipenarrieta y Galdós and her Son Luis...
Infanta Dona Maria, Queen of Hungary 1630 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Infanta Dona Maria, Queen of Hungary 1630
Queen Mariana I - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Queen Mariana I
The Surrender of Breda (detail-3) 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Surrender of Breda (detail-3) 1634-35
Portrait of a Man c. 1649 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of a Man c. 1649
Saint John At Patmos - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Saint John At Patmos
Philip IV on Horseback (detail) 1634-35 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip IV on Horseback (detail) 1634-35
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