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Velazquez By Dawson W. Carr


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Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660) was born in Seville, Spain, the oldest of six children. This book explores Velazquez's universal popularity. Accompanying a major exhibition at the National Gallery, London, it contextualises the artist's work and discusses his influence. It includes a catalogue and chronology.

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Velazquez by Dawson W. Carr

Renowned for his physical and psychological naturalism, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660) is considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived. Official court painter to King Philip IV (1605-1665), he created astounding effects of illusion in his minimalist and elegantly composed works--which range from genre and history scenes to portraits. His paintings had an enormous impact on 19th- and early-20th-century artists such as Degas, Renoir, and Picasso, and Manet famously first described him as "the painter's painter."
With over 150 illustrations and an in-depth chronology, this beautifully produced and comprehensive book surveys Velazquez's entire career and explores his universal popularity. Fascinating essays by world-class Velazquez scholars address the artist's life and technique, examining his studies in Seville and Italy to his final great works at the court of Philip IV. They also place his works in the context of 17th-century European painting and discuss how and why his works have resonated so strongly with the generations of Post-Impressionist and modernist artists.

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About Dawson W. Carr

Dawson Carr is Curator of Later Italian and Spanish Painting at the National Gallery, London. Xavier Bray is Assistant Curator of 17th- and 18th-Century Paintings and Larry Keith is Senior Conservator, both at the National Gallery, London. Sir John H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Oxford. Gabriele Finaldi is Director of Conservation and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado. Giorgia Mancini and Simona Di Nepi are Curatorial Assistants at the National Gallery, London. Javier Portus Perez is Curator at the Museo Nacional del Prado. Wolfgang Prohaska is Curator of Baroque Painting at the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna.

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Velazquez by Dawson W. Carr
Dawson W. Carr
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National Gallery Company Ltd
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