Velazquez at the Grand Palais

The Velazquez exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris is the star of this season ‘s cultural agenda and there’s no secret to that: Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) is undoubtedly the most famous painter of the Spanish Golden Age. A rare, rather unprolific discreet artist whose genius has been revered by most, from Manet to Picasso or Francis Bacon (see his famous “Study after Velazquez”). This exhibition, spanning over is whole career, is the first ever dedicated to the great master in France. It presents his work in a dialogue with paintings by artists of his time that he knew, admired or influenced in turn (Caravaggio, Rubens and his Spanish contemporaries like Ribera…) and it shows the versatility of the painter, from his early religious works and rare but beautiful still-lives to his world famous royal portraits of King Philip IV of Spain’s family.

But aside from his prodigious famous portraits such as Pope Innocent X, or the Infants which were official commands, the viewer is mesmerized by the striking beauty of the lesser prestigious sitters : children, servants, common people, comedians …and those 2 fabulous dogs…

The exhibition is running until July 13th 2015. Courez-y!

POPE INOOCENT X

Pope Innocent X

PRINCE BALTASAR CARLOS ON HORSEBACK

Prince Baltazar Carlos on horseback

THE TOILET OF VENUS

The toilet of Venus

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

The Immaculate Conception

APOLLO AT THE FORGE OF VULCAN

Apollo and the forge of Vulcan

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A woman’s profile

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Kitchen maid with supper at Emmaeus

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The Infante Marguerite-Thesera

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A little girl

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Portrait of the Infant Felipe Prospero, detail

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Portrait of a Lady with a fan

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Self-portrait

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Dog’s head, detail from the Hunting Portrait of Philip IV

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Dog’s head, detail from the portrait of Infant Felipe Prospero