Talk: Velázquez, The Painter of Painters
| The Wallace Collection
At the age of 24, Velázquez so impressed Philip IV that the Spanish king made him court painter, and declared that only he should be allowed to paint his portrait. This lecture explores the artistâ€™s ability to observe and record visual experience. Velázquez achieved greater physical and psychological naturalism with ever more pronounced and luscious brushstrokes, attaining marvellous effects of illusion with a technique based on implication rather than elaboration of detail.
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