Velázquez: Genius of his time

Velázquez (1599-1660) was the leading artist of Spain’s Golden Age. We follow Velázquez from his student days in Seville through his long career as court artist, courtier and friend of the Habsburg King Philip IV of Spain.  His total works number less than 140 paintings, yet they show great variety and versatility.  The formality of the court is evident in his projects for royal palaces, while his keen observing eye is revealed in iconic court portraits, less formal paintings for palaces and hunting lodges, landscapes, frail Habsburg children, and proud dwarves and courtiers.  His great painting Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour) epitomises Philip’s court, and some say, the art of painting itself.