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Vel?zquez and The Surrender of Breda: The Making of a Masterpiece

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Vel?zquez and The Surrender of Breda: The Making of a Masterpiece by Anthony Bailey

Behind the famous painting by Diego Vel?zquez lies a rich story of the artist's life in art

What began as propaganda art to celebrate a rare Spanish victory in the Eighty Years' War with Holland, The Surrender at Breda is today recognized as Vel?zquez's narrative masterpiece.

Breda is packed with vivid military detail—whole armies are suggested on the huge canvas, twelve feet high and eleven feet wide. Unlike typical surrender scenes, there is neither a heroic victor on horseback nor a vanquished commander on his knees. Instead the rivals appear on foot almost as equals. The loser bends forward to offer the key and receives a chivalrous pat on his shoulder, as if to say: "Fortune has favored me, but our roles might have been reversed."

Anthony Bailey examines the paintings from which the artist arose, coaxing stories from them that flesh out a complete portrait of one of the world's major artists whose personal life has remained largely unknown.

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Pages: 288
Size: 2.4 MB
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date published:   2011
ISBN: 9781429973779 (DRM-EPUB)

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