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Diego VELÁZQUEZ

Spanish Diego VELÁZQUEZ

born Diego RODRIGUEZ DE SILVA Y VELAZQUEZ

Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and of the Spanish Golden Age

Source :  Mary CUMMINS

Born: on June 06, 1599 in Sevilla, Spain
Died: on August 06, 1660 in Madrid, Spain


Biography

Velázquez was born in Seville, Spain, the first child of Juan Rodriguez de Silva, a notary, and Jerónima Velázquez. He was baptized at the church of St. Peter in Seville on Sunday, June 6, 1599. The baptism most likely occurred a few days or weeks after his birth. His paternal grandparents, Diogo da Silva and Maria Rodrigues, were Portuguese and had moved to Seville decades earlier. When Velázquez was offered knighthood in 1658 he claimed descent from the lesser nobility in order to qualify; in fact, however, his grandparents were tradespeople, and possibly Jewish conversos. As was customary in Andalusia, Velázquez usually used his mother's surname.

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- Category Painter