His Life and Works in 500 Images : An Illustrated Study of the Artist, His Life and Context, With A Stunning Gallery of 300 of His Most Celebrated Paintings

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Called the greatest Spanish painter by Pablo Picasso andSalvador Dali, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez wasborn in 1599 in Seville, and as early as 1620, he wasestablished as a painter, producing many genre scenes, notably Old Woman Frying Eggs, and religious subjects, such as The Adoration of the Magi and Christ in the Houseof Martha and Mary. This informative book outlines hisroyal connections and influences and describes his mostdramatic and emotive works. There is also a magnificentgallery of 300 glorious images. This beautifully illustratedbook is essential reading for anyone who would like tolearn more about this master of painting, who influencedso many later artists, and whom Edouard Manet calledthe 'painter of painters'. - A comprehensive reference book on the life and worksof Diego Velazquez, the most important painter in theSpanish Habsburg court of King Philip IV - Offers a fascinating study of this individualistic artist'seducation, family life and influences, and all hisoutstanding works - Explores Velazquez' progression from painting picturesof everyday life to portraits of the Spanish royal family, notably the artist's crowning achievement in his mostrecognized work, Las Meninas - Features a wonderful gallery of Velaquez' paintings, accompanied by an expert analysis of each work, and adescription of his style and technique
Publisher: London : Lorenz Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780754824046
Branch Call Number: 759.6 VELAZ HOD
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Velázquez, Diego 1599-1660.


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Mar 21, 2018

Most of the images aren't by Velazquez and the biographical portion (the first part) has relatively little about his life, but a great deal about the society and the court. The writing is rather stale, except in the second part ("the gallery") which is entirely made up of captions and comments to the images. Although there is constant reference to the innovations in technique that he used, they are not elaborated upon nor illustrated.

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