Great painters are invariably great technicians. In creating the techniques he needed to express his ideas, Diego Velazquez became one of the most original practitioners of the art of painting ever known.
In Velazquez: The Technique of Genius, two widely recognized specialists on Velázquez, one an art historian, the other a conservation scientist, combine their expertise to show exactly how Spain's most famous painter realized his artistic vision. The book begins with an introduction to Velazquez's life and the technical means he employed, including pigments, canvases, and binding media. In a fascinating analysis of thirty works by Velázquez that span his entire career, the authors then examine how the Baroque artist devised the techniques to express his ideas and how these changed over time.
More than two hundred photographs of details of Velázquez's paintings vividly demonstrate how the Spanish artist realized his vision of man and nature through a highly allusive, economical manner of painting.
This pathbreaking exploration of Velázquez's technical achievement reveals as never before the miracle of the creative process of one of the world's great masters.