Diego Velázquez

Today (June 6) we celebrate the birth of Diego Velázquez (1599), Spanish painter and lead artist in Philip IV’s court. Many of his paintings show his perfected use of chiaroscuro to create a dramatic sense of dark and light. In 1656 he painted his baroque masterpiece Las Meninas, in which the infanta Margaret Theresa seems to be the focus. Also seen are other members of the royal family, including the king and queen in a mirror. Velázquez himself appears at left working on a large canvas. There are many interpretations surrounding this work. What’s yours?
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