Velázquez at the Grand Palais
Velázquez, the painter of painters
Born in Seville in 1599, Velázquez is one of the most important figures in the history of art, all styles and periods together. Leader of the Spanish school, official artist to King Philip IV at a time when Spain dominated the world, his art gave him a timelessness that is rivalled only by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Rembrandt.
He was a masterly portraitist, renovating and liberating the genre, but also was skilled in landscape and history painting and, in his youth, genre scenes and still lifes.
Although he is still one of the world's most famous and admired artists, no monographic exhibition in France has ever shown the public the genius of the man that Manet called the "painter of painters".
The exhibition in the Grand Palais in Paris
The exhibition seeks to present a full panorama of the work of Diego Velázquez from his beginnings in Seville to his last years and the influence that his art had on his contemporaries. It also explores the main questions raised in recent years, showing newly discovered works - sometimes for the first time.
The first section evokes the art world in Andalusia at the beginning of the 17th century, putting Velázquez's early works into perspective. It then explores the naturalistic and picaresque vein of Velázquez's painting through kitchen and tavern scenes.
Entrée Square Jean Perrin
Avenue du Général Eisenhower
Admission fees and rates
Full price : 13€
Reduced : 9€ ( people between 16 and 25 years, job-seeker, large family)
Free : Young under the age of 16.