Diego Velázquez was a Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court
of King Philip IV. He was an individualistic artist of the
contemporary baroque period, important as a portrait artist. His two
visits to Italy while part of the Spanish court are well-documented.
In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and
cultural significance, he created scores of portraits of the Spanish
royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners,
culminating in the production of his masterpiece, Las Meninas.
Starting in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez's
artwork proved a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in
particular Édouard Manet. Since that time, more modern artists,
including Spain's Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, have paid tribute
to Velázquez by recreating several of his most famous works.
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