Diego Velazquez was a Spanish painter from the 17th century who left behind him a strong legacy which is still very much appreciated today through the exihibitions of his work that continue around Europe and North America plus the number of artists who continue to follow in his footsteps, inspired by the achievements of his career.
This website goes into great detail on the life and works of Diego Velazquez and includes large numbers of his best known paintings.
Las Meninas remains undoubtably the most famous work from the career of Diego Velazquez but there remains many more that are worthy of note, particularly when considering the overall impact of the artist on other painters who came after Velazquez in the centuries that followed.
Most notably, Velazquez's best paintings became figures of study for many realist and impressionist paintings of the 19th and 20th century, citing Velazquez as one of the key painters to take inspiration from. You can also find Velazquez paintings in the Art Library.
Diego Velazquez paintings fit loosely into the art movement of Baroque which followed closely after the renaissance periods which had spread across Europe, changing art forever. Velazquez was an artist who whole life and career was firmly rooted in Spain and he rarely went beyond the boundaries of his native country.
In recent years several Velazquez paintings have re-appeared in new forms with added creativit from modern artists who want to show their appreciation of this master. Such artists have included Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon.
Diego Velazquez was very well connected within Spanish society and these ties meant he had little need to go elsewhere, with all financial strains easily covered with large commissions which were offered to him thanks to his high ranking friendships and connections.
These related parties included the Spanish royal family, of whom Velazquez would produce many portraits over a long period of his career and these are amongst his best known.