Having enjoyed my wonderful birthday i spent the Saturday being slightly more cultural and visited the current Diego Velazquez (1599 – 1660) exhibition at the National Gallery. Inspirational character studies and religious symbolism
He did some intense realism stuff when he was in his teens but then wanted to earn more dosh so became a royal court painter for Spain’s King Philip IV. This allowed him access to some of the wide range of state members and meant he created a number of very well known portaits. Including a few mythical scenes, for example, the infamous Rokeby Venus which had made many a men’s hearts flutter and even managed to enrage a Suffragette to slash the canvas with a meat cleaver in 1914.
The Rokeby Venus (1647-51)
Pope Innocent X (1650)
This portrait was the inspiration for Francis Bacon’s study of 1953. woh!
The Venerable Mother Jeronima de la Fuente (1620)
The Infanta María Teresa (1653)