Velázquez and the Surrender of Breda

Velázquez and the Surrender of Breda

The Making of A Masterpiece

Book - 2011
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Behind the famous painting by Diego Velázquez lies a rich story of the artist's life in art

What began as propaganda art to celebrate a rare Spanish victory in the Eighty Years' War with Holland, The Surrender at Breda is today recognized as Velázquez's narrative masterpiece.

Breda is packed with vivid military detail--whole armies are suggested on the huge canvas, twelve feet high and eleven feet wide. Unlike typical surrender scenes, there is neither a heroic victor on horseback nor a vanquished commander on his knees. Instead the rivals appear on foot almost as equals. The loser bends forward to offer the key and receives a chivalrous pat on his shoulder, as if to say: "Fortune has favored me, but our roles might have been reversed."

Anthony Bailey examines the paintings from which the artist arose, coaxing stories from them that flesh out a complete portrait of one of the world's major artists whose personal life has remained largely unknown.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805088359
Branch Call Number: 759.6 VELAZ BAI
Characteristics: xix, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Velázquez, Diego 1599-1660.

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