|One of Velazquez's most famous portraits.|
|Velazquez painted several self-portraits. The only person|
he painted more often was Spain's King Philip IV.
|Velazquez birthplace in Seville.|
|Old Woman Poaching Eggs, 1618, Diego Velazquez|
|Jesus in the Home of Mary and Martha, 1617, Diego Velazquez|
|Seven of the more than forty portraits of Philip IV painted by|
|Forge of Vulcan, Diego Velazquez (one of my favorites).|
Rome, Velazquez was received with marked favor by the Pope, who presented him with a medal and golden chain. Velázquez took a copy of the pope's portrait (which Sir Joshua Reynolds thought was the finest picture in Rome) with him back to Spain. Several copies of it exist in different galleries, some of them possibly studies for the original or replicas painted for Philip.
|Las Meninas, 1656, Diego Velazquez|
|"Alright, settle down, or I'll|
clobber you with my crucifix."