I, Juan de Pareja

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When the great Velázquez was painting his masterpieces at the Spanish court in the seventeenth century, his colors were expertly mixed and his canvases carefully prepared by his slave, Juan de Pareja. In a vibrant novel which depicts both the beauty and the cruelty of the time and place, Elizabeth Borton de Treviño tells the story of Juan, who was born a slave and died an accomplished and respected artist.

     Upon the death of his indulgent mistress in Seville, Juan de Pareja was uprooted ...

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Overview

When the great Velázquez was painting his masterpieces at the Spanish court in the seventeenth century, his colors were expertly mixed and his canvases carefully prepared by his slave, Juan de Pareja. In a vibrant novel which depicts both the beauty and the cruelty of the time and place, Elizabeth Borton de Treviño tells the story of Juan, who was born a slave and died an accomplished and respected artist.

     Upon the death of his indulgent mistress in Seville, Juan de Pareja was uprooted from the only home he had known and placed in the charge of a vicious gypsy muleteer to be sent north to his mistress’s nephew and heir, Diego Velázquez, who recognized at once the intelligence and gentle breeding which were to make Juan his indispensable assistant and companion—and his lifelong friend.

     Through Juan’s eyes the reader sees Velázquez’s delightful family, his working habits and the character of the man, his relations with the shy yet devoted King Philip IV and with his fellow painters, Rubens and Murillo, the climate and customs of Spanish court life. When Velázquez discovers that he and Juan share a love for the art which is his very life, the painter proves his friendship in the most incredible fashion, for in those days it was forbidden by law for slaves to learn or practice the arts. Through the hardships of voyages to Italy, through the illnesses of Velázquez, Juan de Pareja loyally serves until the death of the painter in 1660.

 

I, Juan de Pareja is the winner of the 1966 Newbery Medal.Latino Interest.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The author creates a fresh and different approach to biographical fiction. The novel is also an eloquent testimonial to the bonds between races.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“This brilliant novel captures and holds the attention from its rhythmic opening sentence—‘I, Juan de Pareja, was born into slavery’—all the way through to the end. . . . A splendid book, vivid, unforgettable.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The book is full of memorable scenes . . . Many paths of interest lead from this original, beautifully written story.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“An excellent novel, written in the form of an autobiography, about the painter Velázquez and his Negro slave and assistant, Juan de Pareja . . . [who] was legally prohibited from painting because he was a slave.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312380052
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 126,586
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 5.12 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Borton de Treviño (1904-2000) was the highly acclaimed author of many books for young people. Born in California, it was her move to Mexico in the 1930s that inspired many of her books, including El Güero: A True Adventure Story and Leona: A Love Story. She won the Newbery Medal in 1966 for I, Juan de Pareja.

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Table of Contents

1 In which I learn my letters 3
2 In which I prepare for a journey 17
3 In which I meet Don Carmelo 27
4 In which I learn my duties 40
5 In which Rubens visits our court 55
6 In which I fall in love 68
7 In which I visit Italy 76
8 In which I speak of a small red flower 92
9 In which I make friends at court 105
10 In which I confess 115
11 In which I return to Italy 129
12 In which my portrait is painted 140
13 In which I am made free 152
14 In which I say a sad good-by 163
15 In which I find another home 174
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    I, Juan de Pareja is a heartfelt book that shows that someone, e

    I, Juan de Pareja is a heartfelt book that shows that someone, even though low in ranking, can turn out to be something more. Once the main character, Juan, finds out what he has to do, he does everything in his power to fulfill it. Juan has to travel from place to place with an interesting master. This one in particular is not like normal slave owners. Even though some parts are abrupt, blunt, and harsh, this unforgettable book gets an outstanding 5/5 stars. I would recommend it to middle and highschool, most definitely. Adults can even learn something out of this well written book. Though mature, children, like me, will fall in love with this book.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!

    The novel "I, Juan de Pareja" is about a half-African slave born into slavery. His mother Zulema, dies when he is five, and he does not know who his father is, so he is orphaned. He serves his mothers master Basilio and mistress Emilia, but soon both of them are killed by a plague. Juan is also affected by it, but he somehow survives and is brought to Madrid to his former mistress' nephew, Diego Rodrigeuz de Silvia y Velazquez, who is a reknowned painter. However, the man who brings him there is cruel to Juan, but when they reach Diego's house, Diego dismisses the man, Don Carmelo, because of his harsh treatment to Juan, and this is the first sign to Juan that Diego is a nice man. Diego has a wife, Juana de Miranda and two little girls, Fransica and Ignasia. However Juan is not required to help his mistress and the two toddlers much. His main job is to help his master with with his painting. Like prepairing the colours, washing the brushes etc. However, Juan learns to paint as well, but since slaves in Spain are not allowed to practice the arts, his master cannot teach him how to. Soon, two apprentices, Christobal and Alvaro join the household to learn from the Diego. Juan whose opinions do not differ from his master and his family's dislikes Christobal, but finds Alvaro pleasant enough. However , Christobal is a better painter than Alvaro. Some time later Diego recieves as message from the king of Spain, saying that he has been invited to paint his magesty's portrait. Thus he and his family are given permanent living quarters in the palace its self, so they move there along with Juan and the two apprentices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    An Easy Reader

    This book, I, Juan de Pareja was a very easy story to read. It was interesting and evenly paced. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    I, Juan de Pareja

    Refreshing! Not appealing to the eye but, increadible story to get wayyy into. Recomendations galore!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Perfect!!!!!!!1 :-)

    Read this book! It is a perfect insight of the Renaissance. Great for a book report

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Great Book

    This book has a great insight of the Renaissance. You will like this book. I read it for a book report and and it's a great book to do it on.

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