Diego Velázquez is considered one of the most influential and important painters of the 17th century. His work was integral in the development of European art, and his reputation extends into the genre of modern realism. Portrait of an Artist: Velázquez -- The Painter of Painters remembers the creations of this Spanish master. Velázquez spent most of his years at court as a royal portraitist. His canvases are a testament to his skill as a realist with each canvas a hauntingly lifelike representation. Because of his skill with color, light, and the manipulation of space, Velázquez was known as the "painter's painter." His lasting impressions can be felt in the work of everyone from Francisco de Goya to Edouard Manet to Gustave Courbet.
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