Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez

male / Spanish
Sevilla 1599-06-06
date of birth: 1599.06.06 (AKLONLINE June 2018); christened on June 6, 1599 (Bénézit 2006)
Madrid (Spain) 1660-08-07
date of death: 1660.08.07 (AKLONLINE June 2018)
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  • Sevilla 1611 - 1622
    Velázquez studied at the age of twelve with the painter Francisco Pacheco (until 1617), characteristic of Velázquez in this early period were his still lifes
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1622 - 1660
    to visit the Escorial and to return a year later to paint the portrait of King Philip IV on commission (many portraits would follow); Philips IV then accepted Velázquez in his court; at the end of 1659 he was knighted; in 1628: visit of Rubens to the Escorial accompanied by Velázquez
  • Venetië 1629
  • Rome 1629 - 1630
    Velázquez stayed in Rome for a year and stayed in the Villa Medici in the summer of 1630
  • Napels 1630 - 1631
  • Rome 1636 - 1637
  • Genua
    1649-1651: Genoa, Milan, Padua, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Modena, Parma and Rome; purchase of paintings for the newly built halls of the Alcazar, also for the king purchase of (copies of) antique sculptures and other antiques; in Rome, where he stayed for a long time, portraits of the Pope and his court and family; 1651: return to Madrid at the express request of the king
  • Milaan
  • Padua
  • Venetië
  • Bologna
  • Florence
  • Modena
  • Parma
  • Rome
  • Madrid (Spanje)
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
architecture (genre), conversation pieces, genre, history (genre), hunting scene, landscape (genre), mythology, nude figure, portrait, group portrait, equestrian portrait, princely portrait, Christian religious scene, still life, fruit piece, topography
Creation date: 1992-01-31; Last modified date: 2021-07-29


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