This work retraces Velázquez’s career through his masterworks and journeys, while simultaneously setting the royal and artistic background of 17th-century Spain.
From his beginnings at Pacheco’s workshop to his last years as court painter, this ambitious artist painted the most influential characters of his times and remodelled the majestic castles of Spain.
Unforgettable, for his career as well as for his breathtaking technique, Velázquez offers us an impressive portrait gallery. More than a monograph, the writings of Professor Carl Justi set the work of Velázquez in a historical fresco depicting the golden age of Spanish painting. Thanks to magnificent illustrations, Velázquez and his Times is sure to become a reference.
Carl Justi (1832-1912) was an art history and philosophy professor at the University of Marburg. Specialising in Portuguese and Renaissance art, he published scores of books on influential personalities such as Winckelmann and Michelangelo. His biographical approach to art history was original and particularly innovative as he preferred the use of psychology rather than art history movements to analyse the aim of the artists.
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