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Diego Rodriquez de Silva y Velazquez

 (1599 - 1660)
Diego Rodriquez de Silva y Velazquez was active/lived in Spain.  Diego Velazquez is known for history, portrait and genre painting.

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Diego Rodriquez de Silva y Velazquez

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Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)

Spanish artist Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez was a court painter to King Philip IV during the Baroque* period.  Although a master of history painting and genre-painting, he is especially renowned for his portrait art - completing over 20 portraits of the King along with others of the Royal Family and their friends.  His best known works include his masterpieces Las Meninas, 1656 (Museo de Prado) and the Equestrian Portrait of Duke de Olivares, 1634 (Museo del Prado, Madrid).

Born in Seville in 1599 to a Portuguese family, little is known of his early life.  It is believed he initially studied fine art painting and drawing under the artist Francisco de Herrera the  ...  Displaying 750 of 5690 characters.



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About  Diego Rodriquez de Silva y Velazquez

Born:  1599 - Seville, Spain
Died:   1660
Known for:  history, portrait and genre painting