Diego Velásques
1599-1660, Spain, Baroque
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"I would rather be the first painter of common things than second in higher art"
BIO
Although Diego Velázquez's primary position was one of prestigious court painter for Spain's King Philip IV during the Baroque period, he is most celebrated for breaking portraiture and scene painting out of its staid confines. His individualistic style of naturalism, a precursor to realism, favored authenticity over the romantic and differentiated him from others of his time who stayed bound to the traditional and h ...
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