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Author Richard Verdi
A comprehensive, illustrated portrait of Diego Velázquez’s life and art examining all his major works. Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) was one of the towering figures of Western painting and Baroque art, a technical master renowned for his focus on realism and startling veracity. Everything he painted was treated as a portrait, from Spanish royalty and Pope Innocent X to a mortar and pestle. In this comprehensive introduction to Velázquez’s life and art by Richard Verdi, the artist’s major works are discussed along with most of his surviving output of approximately 110 paintings. Velázquez’s greatest innovation, his unorthodox and revolutionary technique, is explored in relation to his most-celebrated contemporaries both in Spain and beyond, including Titian and Peter Paul Rubens. Velázquez concludes with a final chapter on the influence and importance of Velázquez’s art on later painters from the time of his death to the art of recent times, including Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, and the Impressionists. 209 color illustrations