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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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The Fable of Arachne (detail-2) c. 1657 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Fable of Arachne (detail-2) c. 1657
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
Arachne - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Arachne
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
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
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
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
Abbess Jeronima de la Fuente 1620 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Abbess Jeronima de la Fuente 1620
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...
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
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
Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena
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...
Philip IV at Fraga - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Philip IV at Fraga
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback 1635-36 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback 1635-36
Infanta Dona Maria, Queen of Hungary 1630 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Infanta Dona Maria, Queen of Hungary 1630
Portrait of a Man c. 1649 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of a Man c. 1649
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
Self-Portrait - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Self-Portrait
Saint John At Patmos - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Saint John At Patmos
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