The Life of Diego de Velázquez

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born in Seville

1599

Apprenticeship

1611 - 1617

does a six-year apprenticeship with painter Francisco Pacheco

marries Juana

1618

Juana is Francisco Pacheco's daughter. They have 2 daughters.

travels to Madrid

1623

paints a portrait of Philip IV. appointed Court painter.

Portrait of Philip IV

1624

Peter Paul Rubens comes to Madrid

1628

Velázquez shows Rubens the artistic treasures of Spain. Rubens stays for 9 months.

"The Triumph of Bacchus"

1628

also known as "the Drunks" or "Los borrachos" in Spanish.

Trip to Italy

1629 - 1631

begins a very successful and prolific period

1630

paints equestrian portraits and paintings of court dwarfs and bufoons.

"The Forge of Vulcan"

1630

"Christ on the Cross"

1632

"The Count-Duke of Olivares"

1634

"The Surrender of Brede"

1635

"Aesop"

1639

Aesop lived from 620 to 564 before Christ and is famous for his fables. Do you know his story about the fox and the crow?

Second trip to Italy

1649 - 1651

goes to buy paintings for the King, Philip IV

"Juan de Pareja"

1650

"Las Meninas"

1656

"The Tapestry Weavers"

1657

called "Las hilanderas" in Spanish

Death of Velázquez

August 6,1660

Diego de Velázquez dies in Madrid.