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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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Portrait of Pope Innocent X

DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ, 1650

 

In 1650, Spanish artist Diego Velázquez painted this portrait of Pope Innocent X while traveling through Italy. The pope, who was 75 at the time of the sitting, was known for his temperamental nature and rough appearance—and Velázquez showed no reservation in depicting those qualities in his portrait. Generally artists were forgiving in their representations of their subjects, but through the hot stare of this pope, we know that Velázquez opted for a more realistic approach.

 

If the measure of a painting’s success is determined by its influence ...

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