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Few artists are as well-known and admired as the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez (1599-1660). His many portraits—the majority of them created in his role as court painter to King Philip IV of Spain—remain striking today, their beauty matched only by their remarkable psychological acuity. Velázquez painted people not as types, but as individuals, and that approach, combined with his skill, made his work both unique and absorbing.

This volume highlights one aspect of the Golden Age painter’s vast output: a group of masterly children’s portraits from the high-profile collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Beautiful reproductions of the paintings are accompanied by essays by renowned specialists that set his achievement in context and reveal his development as a painter.

336 pages | 170 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2014

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Sabine Haag
Finalmente Velàzquez! ~ Sylvia Ferino-Pagden
Velàzquez in Seville ~ Dawson W. Carr
Velàzquez and the rhetoric of the court portrait ~ Javier Portús Pérez
Velàzquez as history painter ~ Gabriele Finaldi
Velàzquez in Italy ~ Stefan Albl
Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo The Artist’s Family – the first variation on Velàzquez’ Las Meninas ~ Gudrun Swoboda
On Velàzquez’s Late Painting Technique ~ Elke Oberthaler & Monika Strolz
Catalogue Numbers 1 to 46
Genealogical Tree
Photo Credits
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