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Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660

Born in Seville, Velázquez adopted his mothers surname, as was common in Andalusia, signing “Diego Velázquez” or “Diego de Silva Velázquez". He studied painting and worked professionally in his native city until he was twenty-four, then moved with his family to Madrid. There, he entered the king’s service, remaining until his death in 1660. Much of his work was painted for the royal collection and

Heda, Willem Claesz
Haarlem, 1594 - Haarlem, 1680
Heda, Willem Claesz
Haarlem, 1594 - Haarlem, 1680

He came from a wealthy family. His artistic training remains totally unknown. A document from 1620 already cites him as a painter in Haarlem. From 1631 onwards, he is documented in the book of the Haarlem Guild of Saint Luke, of which he was a council member on repeated occasions between 1637 and 1652; deken or dean in 1641 and 1642 and hoofdman or captain in 1637, 1643 and 1651. Since 1637, he ad

Coccapani, Sigismondo
Florence, 1583 - Florence, 1643
Coccapani, Sigismondo
Florence, 1583 - Florence, 1643

A student of the architect Bernardo Buontalenti (c. 1531-1608) and of Cigoli (1559-1613), together with the latter, he frescoed the dome of the Pauline Chapel in S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, c. 1610-1612. His first work to have been executed without assistance seems to have been a fresco depicting S. Antonio Taking Away Money from Two False Mendicants (1613) in the cloister of S. Marco, Florence. Ther

Alfaro y Gómez, Juan
Córdoba, 1643 - Madrid, 1680
Alfaro y Gómez, Juan
Córdoba, 1643 - Madrid, 1680

Shortly after completing initial training in his native city at Antonio del Castillo Saavedra's workshop, he moved to Madrid, where he entered Diego Velázquez's studio. His work, especially his portraits, was powerfully influenced by Velázquez, and their relation allowed him contact with Venetian and Flemish artists whose work was in the Royal Collections around 1665. While still quite young, he p

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