The artist of King Philip IV created a whole gallery of 17th century faces: kings, princesses and priests.
Diego Velazquez was called the mirror of life. The right to portray the king and his family belonged only to Velazquez. The popularity of the painter reached the point that many considered it necessary to have a portrait of his work
Self-portrait, written in 1645 after returning from Italy, where Velazquez studied ancient painting and sculpture, copied the paintings of Michelangelo. At that time, the painter was appointed as the valet of the king.
The sense of reality does not leave Velazquez looking at a self-portrait and is enhanced by the artist's gaze fixed on the viewer. He seems tense, his face is still young, but there is no sparkle in his eyes, his suit looks elegant and simple. In appearance does not betray the artist in him. He wears the clothes of the courtier, and in the movement of his head and gaze - quiet dignity.
The master presented himself that way and wanted to appear before future generations - a proud and sought-after painter without a shadow of humiliation and servility. The white collar, which can be seen at the top of the camisole, somewhat enlivens the severity of the black robe.
The pose expresses a desire to be equal to the nobility. So Diego Velazquez tried defiantly to show that he was a master, possessing rights and knowledge that he was not ready to disclose. Before us is a proud expert and a confident person.
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