VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y
(b. 1599, Sevilla, d. 1660, Madrid)

The Needlewoman

c. 1640
Oil on canvas, 74 x 60 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

In addition to portraits of the royal family, which as a court painter he executed from 1623, Velázquez painted also subjects that interested him personally. The Needlewoman, which remained unfinished, represents an example of these paintings.