Visionary painter of the Spanish Golden Age
Manet called him “the greatest painter of all.” Picasso was so inspired by his masterpiece Las Meninas that he painted 44 variations of it. Monet, Renoir, and Degas were heavily influenced by the paintings of Philip IV’s grand chamberlain. Francis Bacon famously painted a study of his portrait of Pope Innocent X. Indeed, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660) was more than the most important painter of the Spanish Golden Age—he was considered a precursor to the Impressionists over two centuries before that movement came into being.
This catalog raisonné brings together Velázquez’s complete works—jaw-droppingly reproduced in extra-large format with a selection of delicious enlarged details—with insightful commentary on how his paintings give equal attention to all that they contain. To him, an old woman frying eggs or a buffoon was as important as a pope or a king. For him, form was subservient to light and color; the brushstrokes were markers to help the viewers reconstruct each picture mentally—concepts adopted vehemently by the Impressionists. Velázquez’s greatest talent was creating beauty from the grotesque, imbuing each subject with a human liveliness rarely seen on canvas. In its extensive detail and comparisons, José López-Rey’s book reveals the development of this vision.
Thanks to the joint initiative of TASCHEN and Wildenstein, this exceptional publication features new photography of recently restored paintings, published here for the first time.
José López-Rey (1905–1991) taught Italian Renaissance at the University of Madrid and worked as an art advisor for the Spanish Ministry of Education. Before the end of the Spanish Civil War, he emigrated to the USA, where he resumed his teaching career at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. In 1973 he was awarded emeritus status. López-Rey was a corresponding member of the Hispanic Society of America and a consultant and contributor to several international art journals, including the Gazette des Beaux Arts and Art News.
Odile Delenda, graduate of the École du Louvre, served as professor at the École du Louvre, and then as chargée de mission at the Département des peintures du musée du Louvre until 2007. She has collaborated on several exhibitions of old master painting. A research fellow at the Wildenstein Institute in Paris since 1990, she has continued her study of Spanish art of the Siglo de Oro. She is, among other things, the author of Vélazquez, peintre religieux (1993) and, under the auspices of the Wildenstein Institute, of the first critical catalogue raisonné of the painted oeuvre of Francisco de Zurburán and his studio (2009/10).
|Author||José López-Rey, Odile Delenda|
|Series||XL (Extra Large)|
|Cover||Hardcover with fold-out and ribbon bookmark|
|Dimensions||cm 29,0 x 39,5|