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.
Some works by artists of the Spanish Golden Age, including El Greco, Jusepe de Ribera, Zurbarán, and a guest appearance from Rubens and polychrome wood carving.
First in a new series concentrating on his non-portrait works, starting with these lightly humorous genre scenes with which he launched his career.
Better known for his sculpture, his visit to Seville let him paint women working in the huge tobacco factory there. He also depicted those working in coastal industries.
In 1873, he went to Italy, fell in love with Venice, and returned there to paint every year. His paintings of Venice secured his reputation.
Leading Spanish landscape painter of the late 19th century, he went to France to train in the 1860s, where he painted with Calame and Pissarro.
A couple of local artists, plus the virtuoso oil sketches of Joaquín Sorolla, a watercolour by John Singer Sargent, and two brilliant works by Muñoz Degrain.
Time for a long weekend in the warmth of Granada, Spain. Here’s some history of the palaces of the Alhambra in paintings by Regnault and others.