Portrait of Juan de Pareha, Diego Velazquez – description

Portrait of Juan de Pareha, Diego Velazquez – description
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  • Posted by Diego Velazquez
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1650

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Juan de Pareha – Diego Velazquez. 1650. Oil on canvas. 81.3×69.9

   The work of Diego Velazquez is the pinnacle of the Spanish painting of the 17th century. He was the court painter of King Philip IV. The master created a presented portrait of his student Juan de Parech, a Moor from Seville, during a trip to Italy.

   The picture is designed in monochrome gamut – gray, brown and black colors, animated only with a white collar of robe and warm tones of the face and hands. Therefore, the face of a young artist with living black eyes is so attracted to attention, in which torture and intelligence are visible, subtly noticed by a painter.

   But Velazquez not only created a psychological portrait, which is a lot in his work, he depicted here a man who was mentally close to himself – as a talented student and craft colleague. Juan de Pareha instinctively leaned back, it seems as if he carefully and at the same time slightly detached, like any artist, looks around the model. In his eyes is an understanding of people and their lives. The image of a novice painter echoes the portrait of mature Velazquez in his famous painting “Menina” (1656), stored in Madrid, at the Prado Museum.