Breakfast (c.1618) by Diego Velazquez

Breakfast - Diego Velazquez - c.1618

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ArtistDiego Velazquez
Dimensions109 x 102 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Breakfast

The artwork titled “Breakfast” is a creation of Diego Velazquez, believed to have been painted circa 1618. This oil on canvas masterpiece is a fine representation of the Baroque art movement and falls under the genre painting category. It measures approximately 109 by 102 centimeters. Currently, the artwork is housed within the prestigious Hermitage Museum located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

“Breakfast” by Velazquez depicts an intimate and warm meal scene. There are three figures: two younger men seated at a table and an older man standing, who appears to be engaging in a lively conversation with them. The composition involves a stark contrast of light and shadow, commonly found in Baroque paintings, which enhances the three-dimensionality and adds a dramatic effect. The individuals are dressed in attire typical of the lower or middle classes of the period, suggesting an ordinary, everyday setting rather than an idealized or aristocratic one.

Attention is paid to the textures and surfaces within the scene, with meticulous rendering of the food items and tablecloth, imparting a palpable sense of reality to the viewer. The facial expressions and body language of the subjects suggest a moment of conviviality and possibly shared amusement or an interesting narrative exchange. The casual arrangement of the table, with a loaf of bread, a split pomegranate, and a simple glass container, all contribute to the intimate atmosphere Velazquez has masterfully captured. This work is emblematic of the artist’s skill in capturing the essence of daily life through his adept treatment of light, composition, and human expression.

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