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In these days, the most famous painter of the Spanish Golden Age ‘’Diego Velázquez (1599-1660)’’ is enthralling the visitors with his treasures in France. His paintings are currently on view at Grand Palais in Paris from 8 Abril until 22 June 2015. This exhibition is one of the major events of the year.
Acclaimed as the ‘’painter of painters’’ by Édouard Manet, Diego Velázquez was leader of the Spanish school and official artist to King Philip IV at the time when Spain dominated the world. Velázquez keeps one of the most timeless names up art history, compared only to the likes of Leonardo Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio and Rembrandt.
Velázquez was also one of the supreme artists of all time. A master of technique, strongly individual in style, he had a greater influence on European art than any other painter. From the first quarter of the nineteen century, his paintings have been a model for the painters. Since that time, more modern artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, as well as Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon, have paid tribute to him by recreating many of his most famous works. He was called the ‘’ noblest and most commanding man among the artists of his country’’. Today, his paintings are coveted by museums and private collectors around the world.