Diego Rodríguez de Silva y VelázquezJoseph’s Tunic (1630), Oil on canvas, 213 × 284 in

At the beginning of 1611, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660), then six months short of his twelfth birthday, entered a six-year apprenticeship with the painter Francisco Pacheco in Seville. In March 1617, the precociously talented teenager was accepted into the artists’ guild and, a year...

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