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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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Court jester with a dog - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Court jester with a dog
Buffoon Barbarroja - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Buffoon Barbarroja
Portrait Of A Cleric - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait Of A Cleric
Saint Paul - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Saint Paul
The Fable of Arachne (detail-3) c. 1657 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Fable of Arachne (detail-3) c. 1657
Count-duke of Olivares - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Count-duke of Olivares
Don Juan Francisco Pimentel - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Juan Francisco Pimentel
Don Balthasar Carlos c. 1640 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Balthasar Carlos c. 1640
Portrait of Philip IV (fragment) 1657-60 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of Philip IV (fragment) 1657-60
Don Cristobal Suarez De Ribera - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Cristobal Suarez De Ribera
Infanta Maria Teresa II - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Infanta Maria Teresa II
Prince Baltasar Carlos as Hunter (detail) 1635-36 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Prince Baltasar Carlos as Hunter (detail) 1635-36
Don Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares and Duke of... - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares and Duke of...
Portrait Of A Man With A Goatee - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait Of A Man With A Goatee
Portrait - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait
The Buffoon Juan De Austria - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Buffoon Juan De Austria
Portrait of Philip IV 1652-53 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of Philip IV 1652-53
Francisco Bandres De Abarca - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Francisco Bandres De Abarca
Head of a Young Man in Profile - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Head of a Young Man in Profile
Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain
Don Pedro de Barberana Y Aparrequi - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Pedro de Barberana Y Aparrequi
Don Diego de Corral y Arellano - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
Don Diego de Corral y Arellano
The Buffoon Pablo de Valladolid 1636-37 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Buffoon Pablo de Valladolid 1636-37
The Water Seller of Seville 1620 - Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez - www.diegovelazquez.org
The Water Seller of Seville 1620
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