The Cambridge Companion to Velázquez / Edition 1

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The Cambridge Companion to Velázquez offers a synthetic overview of one of the greatest painters of Golden Age Spain and seventeenth century Europe. With contributions from art historians and those working in other disciplines, this book offers fresh approaches to the vast literature on this artist. The essays also guide the reader to an understanding of Velázquez's work—his training in his native Seville, reflections in his oeuvre of artistic currents from outside Spain, and how Velázquez's religious paintings may be understood within the religious context of Counter-Reformation Spain.

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"The essays provide ... a touchstone for examining the directions in which scholarship on the artist is advancing and, equally important, pose new perspectives for relating the painter and his works to the art and culture of early modern Spain." Seventeenth Century News

" any library on Hispanic art." CAA Reviews

Ten chapters provide a synthetic overview of Vel<'a>quez's work and its place in 17th-century Spanish culture. Historians, art historians, literary scholars, and musicologists consider the reception of his work, its relationship to the literature of the time, the musical elements of his art, his training and influences, and the religious content and context. Black and white prints of the art are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521669405
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to the History of Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: a brief history of Velázquez literature Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruit; 2. Becoming an artist in seventeenth-century Spain Zahira Véliz; 3. Velázquez and Italy Jonathan Brown; 4. Velázquez and the North Alexander Vergara; 5. 'Sacred and terrifying gazes': languages and images of power in Early Modern Spain Antonio Feros; 6. Court women in the Spain of Velázquez Magdalena S. Sánchez; 7. Spanish religious life in the age of Velázquez Sara T. Nalle; 8. Velázquez and two poets of the Baroque: Luis de Góngora and Francisco de Quevedo Lía Schwartz; 9. Calderón de la Barca, playwright at court Margaret R. Greer; 10. Three paintings, a double lyre, opera, and Eliche's Venus: Velázquez and music in the Royal Court in Madrid Louise K. Stein.

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