Through the mythological and religious subjects he painted, Velázquez was able to address a broad range of expressive, formal and conceptual problems. This exhibition focuses on this facet of his oeuvre and encourages reflection on its importance. It examines the original manner in which he confronted these themes and the development his art over the course of his career.

Velázquez’s religious and mythological painting cannot be studied without taking into account the creative concerns of his contemporaries or the models from which he drew inspiration. The exhibition therefore includes a series of paintings and sculptures by seventeen different artists, allowing viewers to trace the creative context in which he worked.
Velázquez’s paintings are grouped into several sections, each of which features works by other artists, thereby establishing a three-way discourse between the painter’s thematic interests at a particular moment in his career, the evolution of his style and narrative technique, and the models available to him and his colleagues’ concerns.

 
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