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Velazquez   By: (1872-1958)

Velazquez by Samuel L. Bensusan

Velazquez by Samuel L. Bensusan is a thoroughly researched and captivating biography that provides readers with an in-depth understanding of one of the most influential painters in Spanish history. Bensusan takes us on an intriguing journey through the life and works of Diego Velazquez, shedding light on both the artist’s personal struggles and artistic achievements.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is the author's ability to weave historical context seamlessly into the narrative. Bensusan expertly sets the stage by delving into the political and cultural climate of 17th-century Spain, allowing readers to grasp the significance of Velazquez's works within the larger scope of this era. Through his meticulous research, Bensusan paints a vivid picture of the Spanish royal court, Velazquez's patrons, and the society in which the artist thrived, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the world that shaped Velazquez's art.

Moreover, Bensusan masterfully unveils the life of the enigmatic Velazquez, richly detailing his upbringing, training, and artistic development. The book presents a balanced exploration of Velazquez's personal life, touching upon his relationships, including his complex interactions with the Spanish royal family. Bensusan explores the artist's struggles and triumphs, revealing the dedication and perseverance that fueled his artistic genius.

The strength of this biography lies in Bensusan's ability to analyze and decode Velazquez's artistic approach, dissecting the techniques and influences that shaped his masterpiece paintings. The author guides readers through Velazquez's artistic evolution, providing insightful analyses of his distinctive brushwork, lighting techniques, and composition choices. By examining key works such as Las Meninas and The Surrender of Breda, Bensusan exposes the depth of Velazquez's creativity and his ability to capture not only the physical likeness but also the essence of his subjects.

Additionally, Bensusan's writing style is engaging and accessible, making Velazquez an enjoyable read for both art enthusiasts and general history buffs. The author's passion for Velazquez and his meticulous research are evident on every page, creating an immersive reading experience. Bensusan's expertise and love for the subject matter shine through in his engaging prose, which makes the biography both informative and enjoyable.

However, one small criticism of the book is the occasional digression into tangents that might distract the reader from the main narrative. While these tangents provide additional context, they occasionally disrupt the flow of the biography. Nonetheless, this does not significantly detract from the overall quality of the book.

In conclusion, Velazquez by Samuel L. Bensusan is an excellent biography that offers readers a comprehensive and captivating glimpse into the life and work of a renowned artist. Bensusan's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and ability to contextualize Velazquez's art within its historical backdrop make this biography a must-read for anyone interested in art history or the Spanish Golden Age.

First Page:

[Illustration: Cover art]

MASTERPIECES IN COLOUR EDITED BY T. LEMAN HARE

VELAZQUEZ

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PLATE I. THE INFANTE DON FERNANDO OF AUSTRIA (Frontispiece)

This picture was painted for the Torre de la Parada, and shows King Philip's younger brother in hunting costume. Velazquez seems to have repainted a part of the canvas which is to be seen in the Prado, Madrid.

[Illustration: Plate I.]

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VELAZQUEZ

BY S. L. BENSUSAN

ILLUSTRATED WITH EIGHT

REPRODUCTIONS IN COLOUR

[Illustration: Title page art]

LONDON: T. C. & E. C. JACK

NEW YORK: FREDERICK A. STOKES CO.

1907

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION I. THE METHOD AND INFLUENCE OF VELAZQUEZ II. THE PAINTER'S EARLY DAYS III. VELAZQUEZ IN MADRID IV. A RETROSPECT

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Plate

I. The Infante Don Fernando of Austria . . . . . . . Frontispiece In the Prado, Madrid

II. Las Meniñas In the Prado, Madrid

III. The Infante Philip Prosper In the Imperial Gallery, Vienna

IV. The Infante Don Balthasar Carlos In the Prado, Madrid

V. Antonio the Englishman In the Prado, Madrid

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