Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez – Spanish 1599-1660

 Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez
Velázquez, 1630
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez was a Spanish painter considered to have been the country's greatest baroque artist. He, with Francisco de Goya and El Greco, forms the great triumvirate of Spanish painting. Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez—or plain Diego Velazquez!—was the leading Spanish artist in the court of King Philip IV of Spain in the 1600s.

An artist of astonishing technique and confidence, many art critics say he is unsurpassed as a portrait artist. His great fame came long after his death, starting in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, when he was used as a model for Realist and Impressionist artists, such as Manet.

This influence continued to later artists ... for example Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Many critics claim a sense of modernness of impression, of direct contact with nature, and a vital force pervades all of Velazquez´s work, be it landscape or portraiture. In fact, one of the most consummate of painters—John Ruskin—stated "everything Velazquez does may be taken as absolutely right by the student".

A realist, diego velazquez painted only what he saw. His men and women seem to breathe, his horses are full of action, and his dogs full of life.England was the first nation to recognize his extraordinary merit and, outside Spain, owns the largest share of his works. Meanwhile, the Prado Museum in Madrid houses over 60 of his works.

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Velázquez by Norbert Wolf – Hardcover: 96 pages; Taschen (Oct 9, 2011)

Acclaimed for its blending of realism with atmosphere, and for its deeply sensitive appreciation of character, the work of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) represents the undeniable pinnacle of the golden age of Spanish painting.

Velazquez (National Gallery Publications) by Leah Kharibian – Paperback: 48 pages; National Gallery London (Dec 11, 2006)

Born in Seville in 1599––possibly to a noble family––Velázquez was trained by Francisco Pacheco, whose daughter he married in 1618. After leaving the studio of his father-in-law for Madrid and the court of Philip IV, he began painting from life and developed his virtuoso style marked by loose brushwork and breathtaking naturalism.

This book introduces Velázquez and his milieu, tracing his development from the earliest Sevilian bodegones [still lifes] to his late mythological pictures and the great series of royal portraits. With a chronology and an absorbing and accessible introduction to Velázquez, it features fifteen carefully chosen and beautifully reproduced masterpieces.

Velazquez by Elena Ragusa, Miguel Angel Asturias (Preface) – 192 pages; Rizzoli (Mar 28, 2006)

The Rizzoli Art Classics series brings you Piero della Francesca, Titian, Caravaggio, and Velázquez, all in beautifully illustrated monographs, offering high-quality reproductions in compact, accessible volumes. These books feature a literary introduction by a renowned art historian, a thoroughly researched essay, and captions describing the artist's most famous canvases. A useful appendix section includes an extensive chronology of the artist's life and important historical events of his time; a compilation of writings by well-known historians, insight into each painter's stylistic development; a geographical table detailing the location of each painting in the book; and a concise bibliography with suggested further readings.With authoritative text by leading art historians, these lavishly illustrated editions provide fresh insight into the art and lives of some of the most fascinating artists in the history of painting.

Diego Velazquez: 1599-1660, The Face of Spain (Basic Art) by Norbert Wolf – Paperback: 95 pages; Taschen (Nov 1, 2000)

Velázquez Catalogue Raisonne: Painter of Painters: Werkverzeichnis (Jumbo) by Jose Lopez-Rey – Hardcover: 592 pages; Taschen; 1st edition (Nov 1, 1999)

Velázquez in Seville by David Davies, Enriqueta Harris, Michael Clarke, Enriqueta Harria – Hardcover: 192 pages; Yale University Press; 1st edition (Nov 27, 1996)

In this beautifully illustrated book, an international team of art scholars explores the importance of Seville for Velázquez in his formative years. Discussions range from Velázquez's education, training, and subject matter to Sevillian culture Catholic theology, and picaresque literature.

Velázquez: Catalogue Raisonne – Samtliche Gemalde by Jose Lopez-Rey, Gilles Neret – Hardcover: 620 pages; Taschen / Wildenstein Institute; 1st edition (Mar 14, 1997)

A catalogue raisonné of the work of the great Spanish painter who was a precursor of Impressionism and a primary source of inspiration for such varied artists as Goya, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Degas. Expert text provides a critical biography of the artist and a continuous commentary on the works, represented in beautiful full-color plates and some black-and-white illustrations. The author shows how each of Velázquez's paintings contains "multiple pictures," providing a veritable feast for the eyes.

Velázquez (Masters of Art) by Maurice Serullaz – Hardcover: 128 pages; Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (Apr 1, 1987)

Velazquez:The Painter of Painters (1991) Color, NTSC
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Velázquez: Complete Works by José López-Rey, Odile Delenda – Hardcover: 416 pages; Taschen; Box Upd edition (Dec 10, 2014) Best Seller

José López-Rey (1905–1991) taught Italian Renaissance at the University of Madrid and worked as an art advisor for the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Velázquez by Norbert Wolf – Paperback: 95 pages; Taschen (Aug 1, 1999)

Acclaimed for its blending of realism with atmosphere, and for its deeply sensitive appreciation of character, the work of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez represents the undeniable pinnacle of the golden age of Spanish painting.

Velazquez by Dawson W. Carr – Hardcover: 256 pages; National Gallery London (Dec 15, 2006)

Renowned for his physical and psychological naturalism, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) is considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived. Official court painter to King Philip IV (1605-1665), he created astounding effects of illusion in his minimalist and elegantly composed works––which range from genre and history scenes to portraits. His paintings had an enormous impact on 19th- and early-20th-century artists such as Degas, Renoir, and Picasso, and Manet famously first described him as “the painter’s painter.”

With over 150 illustrations and an in-depth chronology, this beautifully produced and comprehensive book surveys Velázquez’s entire career and explores his universal popularity. Fascinating essays by world-class Velázquez scholars address the artist’s life and technique, examining his studies in Seville and Italy to his final great works at the court of Philip IV. They also place his works in the context of 17th-century European painting and discuss how and why his works have resonated so strongly with the generations of Post-Impressionist and modernist artists.

The Vexations of Art: Velazquez and Others by Svetlana Alpers – Hardcover: 308 pages; Yale University Press (Sep 8, 2005)

Velázquez is often considered an artist apart: great, but isolated in a palace / museum in Spain. This highly original book sets him in conjunction with certain conditions of painting in his time and after.

From the seventeenth century to the twentieth, roughly from Rembrandt and Vermeer to Matisse and Picasso, a succession of European painters has taken the studio as the world; that is, the studio is where the world—as it gets into painting—is experienced. Svetlana Alpers first focuses on this retreat into the confines of the studio, then looks at the ways in which the paintings of the Dutch masters and Velázquez acknowledge war and rivalry while offering a way out.

The final chapters give a new account of Velázquez’s The Spinners, a ravishing painting which has been eclipsed by interest in the enigmas of Las Meninas. Alpers concentrates on the seventeenth century but also looks back to Velázquez’s predecessors Titian and Rubens and forward to his modern successors. She discusses Velázquez’s resemblance to Manet, whose art also vexes or unsettles, giving us reason to pause and look. The book concludes by asking whether painting continues to do that today.

Velázquez: The Technique of Genius by Jonathan Brown, Diego Velázquez, Carmen Garrido, Carmen G. Perez – Hardcover: 216 pages; Yale University Press; 1st edition (Dec 11, 1998)

Velázquez: The Technique of Genius by Jonathan Brown, Diego Velázquez, Carmen Garrido, Carmen G. Perez – Paperback: 216 pages; Yale University Press; 1st edition (Dec 11, 1998)

In this beautiful and engaging book, an art historian and a conservation scientist discuss the techniques Velzquez created in order to realize his artistic vision. Examining thirty works by Velzquez that span his entire career, the authors show how his technical achievement developed over time.

Velázquez: Painter and Courtier by Jonathan Brown – Paperback: 323 pages; Yale University Press; 2nd edition (Sep 10, 1988)

The copious official documents Brown, together with J. H. Elliott, resarched for their A Palace for a King ( LJ 10/15/80) revealed new facts about Velazquez, and became the basis for Brown's latest book. There are gaps in the artist's biography that will probably never be filled, but Brown could make some logical assumptions about the many years Velazquez lived under the patronage of Philip IV of Spain. Brown was able to establish a new chronology for some of the controversial paintings, and he has eliminated a few questionable ones from the artist's oeuvre. This is an important addition to Velazquez studies. It is also a highly readable, excellently illustrated book for laypersons who wish to learn more about this intriguing artist. —Eleanor Riley, Getty Conservation Inst. Lib., Marina del Rey, Cal.
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