Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Velázquez is known for his extraordinary ability to evoke the physical and psychological presence of living beings whether in portraits, genre or narrative paintings. This public lecture reveals Velázquez’ search for a universal dignity in individuals, from the most humble to the most powerful. A thread throughout the lecture is Velázquez’ love for paradox, visual puzzles, and his ambition to raise the art of painting to the status of a liberal art and noble pursuit. Considering Velázquez' work in a broad context, the lecture draws particular attention to issues of class and race in seventeenth-century Spain.
17 Sept 2018
Velázquez and the nobility of painting: Lecture for the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland