Diego Velázquez

Spanish painter (1599-1660)

Diego Velázquez (baptized 6 June 1599 – 6 August 1660) was a Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV.[1]

Diego Velázquez
Self-portrait, c. 1640
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

BaptisedJune 6, 1599
DiedAugust 6, 1660 (aged 61)
Madrid, Spain
Known forPainting

Velázquez began his career as an apprentice to the Spanish painter Francisco Pacheco. In 1623 Velázquez painted portrait of King Philip IV of Spain. The king was impressed with the painting. The king appointed Velázquez as a painter of the royal court.[2]

Velázquez had a successful career as a painter. He traveled to Italy two times. He painted royal portraits and religious scenes. Velázquez was also honored as a Knight of Santiago.[2]

Most of royal portraits are now in the Prado Museum, in Madrid.[1][3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Diego Velazquez". Britannica. 2 August 2023. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Diego Velázquez (1599 - 1660)". The National Gallery, London. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  3. "Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y". Museo Nacional del Prado. Retrieved 28 August 2023.