'With beautiful illustrations and absorbing text...[It] is a scholarly work, but is remarkably easy to read' - Yorkshire Gazette Herald
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599--1660) is considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived. 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.'
This beautifully produced and comprehensive book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Gallery in 2006 surveys Velazquez's entire career and explores his universal popularity. 46 of the artist's paintings are included and analysed here with many close-ups and details.
Scholarly and readable essays 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.
- Authors: Dawson Carr, Curator of European Art, Portland Art Museum
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Date published: October 2006
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1857093032
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.8 x 1.9 cm