The exhibition explores the crucial role that this genre of narrative painting occupied within Velázquez’ output despite representing a numerically smaller group in comparison to his portraits. The accompanying catalogue will in fact be the first publication to offer an in-depth focus on this aspect of Velázquez as a narrative painter, an issue that has not been the subject of separate study until now despite the fact that most of his masterpieces fall within the category of history painting.
The catalogue is edited by Javier Portús and is published in Spanish and English. It includes texts by leading experts on Velázquez, as follows:

1. Velázquez, the History Painter. Rivalry, surpassing the Limits and Artistic Consciousness
Javier Portús, curator of the exhibition and Head of the Department of Spanish Painting at the Museo del Prado.
2. Velazquez’s cultural context: reading, knowledge and social environment
Ángel Aterido, art historian
3. Golden Age Seville: orthodoxies and heterodoxies
Vicente Lleó, senior professor of Art History at the Universidad de Sevilla
4. 1630: from Madrid to Rome. Velázquez and history painting
José Luis Colomer, director, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica
5. Painting and devotion
Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research at the Museo del Prado
6. Three Laughs, Two Imitations, and a Funny Face: Modern Rogues and Ancient Philosophers in Philip IV’s Court
Fernando Bouza, professor in the Faculty of Geography and History, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
7. Velázquez and the nude
Peter Cherry, professor of Trinity College Dublin
8. Connecting Threads (meninas, spinners and a musical fable)
Javier Portús, curator of the exhibition and Head of the Department of Spanish Painting at the Museo del Prado.

 
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