Velázquez and the nobility of painting

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited 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.
Period17 Sept 2018
Event titleVelázquez and the nobility of painting: Lecture for the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland
Event typeOther
LocationEdinburgh , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • Velázquez
  • Spanish art
  • portraiture
  • race and ethnicity