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Velázquez: The Technique of Genius

4.58 of 5 stars 4.58  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In this volume, an art historian and a conservation scientist discuss the techniques Velazquez created in order to realize his artistic vision. Examining 30 works by Velazquez that span his entire career, the authors show how his technical achievement developed over time.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Yale University Press (first published 1998)
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Joel Dougherty
Incredible images and close-ups of the paintings. Explains materials and technique in detail.
Cannot recommend this book enough to anybody that loves Velazquez's art and is interested in his techniques and the circumstances of his artwork. The text is clear and mercifully concise. The introduction delves in Velazquez's life and technique (pigments, canvas, grounds) and the rest of the book elaborates on individual paintings from the Prado collection including "Las Meninas","The Weavers", many portraits of kings,queens,dwarves and officials, his two famous Plein air landscapes from Villa ...more
Excellent discussion of Diego de Velazquez and his techniques for creating thirty paintings currently in the Museo Nacional de Prado. Velazquez was apprenticed to a philosopher and painter at age 11, and at age 18 was able to gain Philip IV's favor (Philip was 16). He then spent the rest of his life painting for the court in Spain and Italy. He was a very intelligent painter (with a library of 150 books on mathematics, anatomy, chemistry in 1650), and able to capture emotions and new ways of usi ...more
Dec 22, 2007 Ethan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All painters
This is a fantastic book! Especially for anyone interested in the techniques of Velasquez. It is loaded with beautiful prints of Velasquez's work, many of which are full page detail shots; the kind that painters drool over. It also has sufficient information on the progression of Velasquez's methods; most interesting are the differences in the painter's work before and after he spent an illuminating month with Reubens, as well as the differences between his early works (where he started with a b ...more
Malik Purvis
Incredible insight on his painting methods, from x-rays to palette dissections this book is to die for for painters.
Dec 19, 2007 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This covers a lot of Velazquez's painting and is very in depth to different interpretations. I recommend to any Art HIstory buff or someone who has to do a Velazquez research paper.
Jan 15, 2010 Gabriel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
The detail photos of the paintings are outstanding.
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