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Diego Velazquez (1599 - 1660) Spanish, Baroque
 

Las Meninas The Maids of Honour c. 1656

one of the greatest paintings of all time

Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with Spanish Baroque Painting religious tensions, Roman Catholic Church, Counter Reformation, doctrinally correct art, emotionally appealing, revolutionary technique,individual genius, polychrome religious sculptures, extreme realism, inward spirituality, dark palettes, tenebrosi, lyricism, Churrigueresque style, play of light and shade effects, sumptuousness, Transparente in Toledo cathedral, dramatic, selective illumination, Caravaggio scientific advances, printing press, Age of Enlightenment, Economic growth, "the style of absolutism", colossal sculptures, Sense of movement, energy, Strong contrasts of light and shadow, grandeur, dramatic use of light and shadow

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