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Velázquez, Los Borrachos, and painting at the Court of Philip IV

Author: Steven N Orso
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Los Borrachos ("The Drunkards") is Diego de Velazquez's earliest painting of a mythological subject. Created for Philip IV of Spain around 1628-29, its naturalistic portrayal of exuberant peasants drinking wine with Bacchus has long baffled its admirers, who have failed to agree on what the artist has depicted. What prompted Velazquez to try his hand at mythology, and why did he choose such a bewildering subject? In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Diego Velázquez; Diego Velázquez; Philip, King of Spain; Diego Rodrı́guez de Silva y Velázquez; Philip, King of Spain.; Philip, King of Spain; Diego Velázquez; Diego Velasquez; Philippe, (roi d'Espagne ;; Diego Velázquez
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven N Orso
ISBN: 0521444527 9780521444521
OCLC Number: 27677562
Description: xiii, 208 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The Web of Responses --
2. The Rising Star --
3. Bacchus and the Historians --
4. Bacchus in Iberia --
Appendix A. Antonio de Nebrija's De Patriae Antiquitate --
Appendix B. The 1636 Inventory of the King's Bedroom in the Summer Apartments of the Alcazar of Madrid --
Appendix C. The 1666 Inventory of the King's Dining Room in the Summer Apartments of the Alcazar of Madrid --
Appendix D. The 1666 Inventory of the North Gallery in the Alcazar of Madrid.
Responsibility: Steven N. Orso.
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Los Borrachos ("The Drunkards") is Diego de Velazquez's earliest painting of a mythological subject. Created for Philip IV of Spain around 1628-29, its naturalistic portrayal of exuberant peasants drinking wine with Bacchus has long baffled its admirers, who have failed to agree on what the artist has depicted. What prompted Velazquez to try his hand at mythology, and why did he choose such a bewildering subject? In this penetrating study, Steven N. Orso reconstructs Velazquez's early years in the king's service and his competition with rivals for royal favor. By tracing their conflicts over the merits of different styles of painting and by demonstrating the role of history painting as a vehicle for artists to make their reputations at Philip IV's court, Orso establishes the basis for a provocative new explanation of Los Borrachos and Velazquez's reasons for painting it.

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