diego rodriguez de silva velazquez lives and works

Velazquez was born in 1599 in Seville, Spain as the sixth child of Juan and Jeronima. He studied religion, language and philosophy from his parents. At the age of eleven, he developed himself by taking technical drawing and literature lessons at the artist's workshop, Francesco Pacheco. He especially worked on the ratio and perspective.

In 1617, after being admitted to the Guild's Guild of Painter, he set up his own studio and married Pacheco's daughter Juana.

Velazquez produced respectable works by working on historical scenes, portraits, mythological and sacred matters.
In December 1622, the favorite court painter of the young King Philip IV was killed, and the king's minister, Olivares Kont-Duke, invited Velazquez for the vacant position. Within two years, he and his family paid money to move to Madrid. The royal service was paid for the monthly salary, health allowance, lodging and pictures of his appointment.

Velazquez's workplace has become a meeting place for Sevilla's leading intellectuals, artists, poets and academics.

He developed his own nature and artistic principles to show people and situations as they really are, and at the same time he used composition techniques according to the pieces of work he wanted to emphasize. The free brush changed the use of the bumps loosely or tightly in an attractive atmospheric air. By defining the forms in color tones, they revealed the contrast between the emphasis and the shadow.

In 1627 King Philip held a competition for the most successful Spanish painters. The theme of the paintings is Moors' history of deportation. Velazquez won the contest and was awarded the title «Ujier de Camera».


Velazquez, who went to Genoa in 1629, spent some years in Italy's major art centers and went to Naples in January 1631. He saw Tiziano Vecelli's work, which he admired since his apprenticeship in Seville, and whose influence over his work dominates. He also visited Florence and Rome, where many master's works were found. He stayed in Rome for about a year, where he copied the master paintings and worked on his own canvas.
Velazquez returned to Spain, in 1634 Buen Retiro worked to decorate the palace. In 1651 he worked as a faculty member at the San Luca Academy for a year. In 1659, Santiago received the greatest rank of his engagement. Thus he also had the title of nobility. In Madrid in 1660, his eyes closed.

The most important works:

Bacchus, Crucifixion, A Venus in the Mirror, White Horse, Peasants at the Stables, Breda's Delivery, Drunks, Kitchen at the Emmaus Dinner, Baby Margarita, Queen Isabel, Young Peasant Girl, Breakfast, Virgin Mary and Christ Jesus, Democritos, Dwarf Sebastian de Morra, Breda's Delivery, Zaragoza, St. Thomas, Prince Baltasar Carlos, Aziz Rufina, Seville Water Basin, Menippus, View of Villa Medici Garden, Three Musicians, Juan Martinez Montanes Portresi, Yusuf Bloody Shirt, Vulcanus's Blacksmith, Aesop, Nedimeler, The Temple of the Dreamers, Crown of the Virgin, Mercury and Argos, Portraits of Pablo de Valladolid, Dikiş Diken Kadın ..
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