Paintings until 1620
by VELÁZQUEZ

The artistic school of Seville was the most important in Spain during the first half of the seventeenth century. The public of Seville greatly appreciated the bodegones genre. The bodegon is not just a still life; it originally depicted a tavern or cookhouse, or showed ordinary people in settings where food and drink figured prominently. At the same time these superficially ordinary subjects often concealed allegorical, moral or religious meanings. Velázquez painted nine bodegones, and they mark the beginning of his career. In his bodegones Velázquez followed an artistic tendency of the early seventeenth century which derived from the painting of Caravaggio. An early example is the Old Woman Frying Eggs.

Velázquez also painted religious subjects such as The Adoration of the Magi, and he united different the stylistic genres with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary.

Velázquez also showed a precocious talent for portraiture as exemplified by the portrait of Abbess Jerónima de la Fuente.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Breakfast
c. 1618
Oil on canvas, 109 x 102 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1179*1255
True Color
146 Kb



Head of a Man
c. 1616
Oil on canvas, 40 x 36 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

854*946
True Color
68 Kb



Peasants at the Table (El Almuerzo)
c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 96 x 112 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

916*774
True Color
131 Kb



The Immaculate Conception
c. 1618
Oil on canvas, 135 x 102 cm
National Gallery, London

514*703
True Color
59 Kb



St John the Evangelist at Patmos
c. 1618
Oil on canvas, 135 x 102 cm
National Gallery, London

800*1073
True Color
52 Kb



Old Woman Frying Eggs
1618
Oil on canvas, 101 x 120 cm
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

1054*900
True Color
108 Kb



Kitchen Scene with the Supper in Emmaus
c. 1618
Oil on canvas, 55 x 118 cm
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

986*489
True Color
119 Kb



The Adoration of the Magi
1619
Oil on canvas, 203 x 125 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

850*1418
True Color
136 Kb



Christ in the House of Mary and Martha
c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 60 x 103,5 cm
National Gallery, London

1190*700
True Color
95 Kb



Christ in the House of Mary and Martha (detail)
c. 1620
Oil on canvas
National Gallery, London

900*946
True Color
106 Kb



The Supper at Emmaus
c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 123.2 x 132.7 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

940*884
True Color
107 Kb



Abbess Jerónima de la Fuente
1620
Oil on canvas, 162 x 107,5 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

907*1400
True Color
121 Kb



St Ildefonso Receiving the Chasuble from the Virgin
c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 166 x 120 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville

850*1184
True Color
116 Kb



Head of a Girl
c. 1618
Chalk drawing, 150 x 117 mm
Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

700*896
True Color
124 Kb




Summary of paintings by Velázquez
until 1620 | 1621-1630 | 1631-1635
Surrender of Breda | Equestrian portraits
Las Meninas | Las Hilanderas
1636-1640 | 1641-1650 | 1651-1660