One of Diego Velazquez’ most ambitious historical pictures is his 1630 work, Joseph’S Bloody Coat Brought To Jacob. This painting was executed during Velazquez’ first trip to Italy and features the same compositional scheme and numerous figures which he also used in ‘Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan’.
Joseph’S Bloody Coat Brought To Jacob captures a brilliant and dramatic moment in the biblical story, conveying intrigue and emotion without sacrificing realism. Velazquez’s composition has been lauded for its skillful use of light as well as precise details. Some critics note that using a few saturated colors like red on a black background resulted in an intense contrast throughout the painting.
Innocent X (c. 1650) is another masterpiece by Diego Velazquez which depicts Pope Innocent X with his assistant Gianpaolo Pacelli, seated in a massive chair and issuing orders to his court. Despite its small format, this painting is considered one of the most important works by this famous Spanish artist known for his remarkable use of color and light.
Overall, Josepf’s Bloody Coat Brought to Jacob and Innocent X both display incredible skill from master painter Diego Velazquez. The ingenious compositional schemes along with brilliant use of light and color illustrates his mastery of the painting form.