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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 134 PROFILES IN ART

Diego Velázquez (1599-1660)

TALENT FIT FOR A KING

 

Spanish artist Diego Velázquez was perhaps one of the most accomplished painters of his time. Although he painted landscapes, religious and mythological themes, and still lifes, he was best known for his masterful portraits rendered with near perfect skill. He was appointed as the official painter to King Philip IV and the Spanish court in Madrid while still in his early 20s.

 

Velázquez was born in Seville, Spain, to Juan Rodriguez de Silva and Jeronima Velázquez, whose family had minor aristocratic ties. He was the eldest of five brothers and one sister, though ...

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