He made friends with Rubens, who helped him improve his narrative painting, and them travelled to Italy, where he painted the first plein air oil sketches in European art.
Early religious works, including a wonderful Adoration, the famous Waterseller, and three portraits, including Philip IV.
Two of Velázquez’ teachers, Herrera and Pacheco, his rival at court, the Italian Vicente Carducho, and his successor, Murillo. Paintings of a Golden Age.
First in a new series concentrating on his non-portrait works, starting with these lightly humorous genre scenes with which he launched his career.