Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez
|Baptised||June 6, 1599|
|Died||August 6, 1660 (aged 61)|
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.
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.
Portrait of pope Innocent X
Coronation of the Virgin