Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Velázquez, Diego

The infanta Maria Theresa aged 14
Oil on canvas
127 cm × 98.5 cm (50 in × 38.8 in)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599 – 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV.
He was called the "noblest and most commanding man among the artists of his country."
"His men and women seem to breathe," it has been said; "his horses are full of action and his dogs of life."
From the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez's artwork was a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in particular Édouard Manet. Since that time, more modern artists, including Spain's Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, as well as the Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon, have paid tribute to Velázquez by recreating several of his most famous works.