The Forge of Vulcan (1630) by Diego Velazquez

The Forge of Vulcan - Diego Velazquez - 1630

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TitleThe Forge of Vulcan
ArtistDiego Velazquez
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions290 x 223 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid
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About The Forge of Vulcan

Diego Velazquez’s The Forge of Vulcan is a masterpiece painted in 1630 that holds significant artistic and mythical values. In this painting, Apollo visits the forge of the god of fire, Vulcan, and tells him about his wife Venus’ affair with Mars. The painting explores a classical narrative from Roman mythology.

Velazquez combines Spanish and Italian influences in the painting which marks a new milestone in his career. Moreover, he includes himself along with noble people to validate his place among them as a passionate artist. Through this artwork, Velazquez introduces new ways of painting that inspire other artists who follow him.

The oil on canvas creation measures 223 cm x 290 cm and is currently on display at Museo del Prado in Madrid. It symbolizes the power dynamics between gods and humans while featuring grandeur perspectives through its compositions reminiscent of Renaissance art.

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