Velazquez (Paperback)

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Dawson Carr is the Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art at the Portland Art Museum. He was formerly Curator of Spanish and Italian Paintings 1500–1800 and Head of Display at the National Gallery, London. Previous publications include El Greco to Goya.


Sir John H. Elliot is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the History of Oxford. Javier Portús Pérez is Curator of Spanish Paintings at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Wolfgang Prohaska is Curator of Baroque Painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Gabiele Finaldi, Giorgia Mancini and Simona Di Nepi are all present or former members of staff at the National Gallery.

Renowned for his physical and psychological naturalism, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660) is considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived. Official court painter to King Philip IV (1605–1665), he created astounding effects of illusion in his minimalist and elegantly composed works - which range from genre and history scenes to portraits. His paintings had an enormous impact on 19th- and early-20th-century artists such as Degas, Renoir, and Picasso, and Manet famously first described him as “the painter’s painter.”

With over 150 illustrations and an in-depth chronology,Velázquez, a beautifully produced and comprehensive book, surveys Velázquez’s entire career and explores his universal popularity. Fascinating essays by world-class Velázquez scholars address the artist’s life and technique, examining his studies in Seville and Italy to his final great works at the court of Philip IV. They also place his works in the context of 17th-century European painting and discuss how and why his works have resonated so strongly with the generations of Post-Impressionist and modernist artists.

Product Information

Product Code 1018391
ISBN 9781857093087
author Dawson Carr
colour illustrations 172
format Paperback
pages 256
published Oct 2006
publisher National Gallery Company
Dimensions 300 mm X 240 mm

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