Manet called him “the greatest painter of all.” Picasso was so inspired by his masterpiece
Las Meninas that he painted 44 variations of it. Francis Bacon painted a study of
his portrait of Pope Innocent X. Monet and Renoir, Corot and Courbet, Degas and Dalí…for
so many champions of art history, the ultimate soundboard was—and remains—Diego Rodríguez
de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660).
This updated catalog raisonné brings together Velázquez’s complete works, jaw-droppingly
reproduced in extra-large format, with a selection of enlarged details and brand
new photography of recently restored paintings, achieved through the joint initiative
of TASCHEN and Wildenstein. The book's dazzling images are accompanied by insightful
commentary from José López-Rey on Velázquez's interest in human life and his equal
attention to all subjects, from an old woman frying eggs to a pope or king, as well
as his commitment to color and light, which would influence the Impressionists over
two centuries later.
José López-Rey (1905–1991) taught Italian Renaissance at the University of Madrid
and worked as an art advisor for the Spanish Ministry of Education. Before the end
of the Spanish Civil War, he emigrated to the USA, where he resumed his teaching
career at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. In 1973 he was awarded emeritus status.
López-Rey was a corresponding member of the Hispanic Society of America and a consultant
and contributor to several international art journals, including the Gazette des
Beaux Arts and Art News.
Odile Delenda, graduate of the École du Louvre, served as professor there, and then
as deputy head of the department of paintings at the Musée du Louvre until 2007.
She has collaborated on several exhibitions of old master paintings. A research fellow
at the Wildenstein Institute in Paris since 1990, she has continued her study of
Spanish art from the Siglo de Oro. She is, among other works, the author of Vélasquez,
peintre religieux (1993) and, under the auspices of the Wildenstein Institute, the
first critical catalogue raisonné of the painted oeuvre of Francisco de Zurbarán
and his studio (2009/10).
“This volume is impressively comprehensive and comprehensible, richly illustrated
and thoroughly covetable as an object. Any art library that aspires to completeness
should have a copy of Velázquez: The Complete Works.”
— Cassone Magazine, London
“…another TASCHEN monument…TASCHEN celebrates art in their own way; here they go
Baroque in this mega format, the quality of print which rivals none. Here you have
art on art, as only the publisher of publisher’s can offer!”