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Retrato de Don Cristóbal Suárez de Ribera

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VELÁZQUEZ, Diego (Sevilla, 1599 - Madrid, 1660) 1620 He began his apprenticeship with Herrera el Viejo to quickly move on to work in Pacheco's workshop, the daughter of whom, Juana, he married in 1617. During his time in Sevilla, he found a way of expressing his concern for the chiaroscuros and life drawings in scenes of genre or still life paintings with figures, themes which had precedents in Flemish and Italian painting. With his exceptional command of the drawing and a dark chromatic range, which emphasised the Tenebrist effects, he reached extraordinary impressions of verism in these scenes taken from daily life. During this time, he also tried out two other genres in which a strong tone of verisimilitude, religion and the portrait prevailed. Evidence of his excellent qualities as a portrait painter can be seen in the Museum - the portrait of Mr. Cristóbal Suárez de Ribera, the Sevillian clergyman of a brotherhood dedicated to Saint Hermengild, the emblem of whom is located to the left.

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