Diego Velasquez’ Mode of Expression

Diego Velasquez’ Mode of Expression

A master of technique, a realist that emphasize on bold color and brushwork, highly individual in style, Diego Velasquez is considered to be Spain’s greatest painter of all time. He had lived in the Baroque period wherein monarchs patronized projects and artists that is why it is common in his artworks that he would depict something related unto them. Looking ahead…

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Diego Velasquez Mode of Expression

A master of technique, a realist that emphasize on bold color and brushwork, highly individual in style, Diego Velasquez is considered to be Spain’s greatest painter of all time. He had lived in the Baroque period wherein monarchs patronized projects and artists that is why it is common in his artworks that he would depict something related unto them.

For a brief history of Diego Velasquez start of becoming a famous painter, in his teens he had studied art with Francisco Pacheco, who would soon to be his father-in-law. He left his place of birth, Seville, and went to Madrid wherein he had a chance to paint a portrait for Philip IV that became his patron.

For his artworks, I would discuss first is Christ in the House of Martha and Mary. He had made this shortly after he finished his art lessons with Pacheco. In here, beside of depicting a biblical scene, he had integrated his experiment with a form in painting called bodegone which depicts pantry items such as fish.

Second artwork is Las Lanzas (1634-1635) wherein he had immortalized the surrender of the Dutch general Justin Nassau of Breda to Spanish commander Ambrosio de Spinola. Velasquez had used the symbolical delivering of the keys of the city to emphasize how does the triumphant Spanish army had paid respect with their brave eleven-month long foes.

Last is the artwork Las Meninas (1656). The figures painted in it suggest to me that Velasquez is painting a portrait of King Philip IV and Queen Mariana as they are reflected from a mirror glass. The focus of sight of the self-portrait of Velasquez, the picture of the dwarf Maribarbola, the picture of the queen’s palace marshal Jose Nieto, and the picture of a guardadamas all suggest to me that it was the portrait of the royal couple that were the one really being painted by Velasquez in the front of the canvas that were hidden from us.

Works Cited:

Las Meninas or The Family of Philip IV. May 30, 2008.

            <http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/v/velazque/08/0801vela.html>

Olga’s Gallery: Diego Velázquez. May 30, 2008.

            < http://www.abcgallery.com/V/velazquez/velazquez-2.html>

Las Lanzas also called The Surrender of Breda. May 30, 2008.

<http://www.carolsutton.net/breda/velazquez.html>

 

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