Juan de Pareja (1650) by Diego Velazquez

Juan de Pareja - Diego Velazquez - 1650

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TitleJuan de Pareja
ArtistDiego Velazquez
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions69.9 x 81.3 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About Juan de Pareja

The artwork “Juan de Pareja” is an oil on canvas painting completed by the acclaimed artist Diego Velázquez in the year 1650. Measuring 69.9 by 81.3 cm, it is a fine example of the Baroque art movement. This portrait is currently housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, US.

The portrait depicts Juan de Pareja, who was an artist of Moorish descent and an enslaved assistant to Velázquez up until 1654. The subject stands against a muted, darkened backdrop that contrasts with the sharp, luminous depiction of his face and the rich textures of his attire. His gaze meets the viewer directly, projecting a sense of dignified presence. The careful play of light and shadow on the subject’s features underscores Velázquez’s mastery of chiaroscuro, a technique commonly associated with Baroque painting. The attire of the subject, particularly the white lace collar, is depicted with meticulous attention to detail, highlighting the artist’s skill in rendering various textures and fabrics. The subtle gradations of tone and the restrained palette emphasize the psychological depth and the humane representation of the character, a hallmark of Velázquez’s portraiture.

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