Fundación Focus
<em>Velázquez Centre</em>

Velázquez Centre

Focus Foundation

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez.

Born in Seville in 1599 and a disciple of Pacheco –and Herrera the Elder for some months–, he is the supreme exponent of Sevillian naturalism. After his move to Court in 1622, be became unquestionably the greatest master of the Golden Age of Spanish painting.

Thanks to his faithful adherence to the natural style, as instructed by his teacher, and certainly influenced by the paintings that arrived from Italy –particularly by Ribera–, while still a young man he produced works of unrivalled naturalist intensity between 1617 and 1623.

In Madrid, in the service of Philip IV and after two journeys to Italy, he completed a career that took him to the very heights of artistic achievement and social advancement, culminating in his being named a Knight of Santiago. He died in Madrid in 1660.

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