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Juan de Pareja
I'll say they got their money's worth. If they sold it now it'd probably cost someone $150M.
By: PT Dilloway on March 31, 2014
I love your bravado....... The story behind the painting and your love it is enough to convince me. Are you sure you shouldn't have been in politics???? Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on March 31, 2014
I'd be fibbing if I could tell the difference between great works or otherwise. I appreciate artwork in its various forms.
By: Daniel LaFrance on March 31, 2014
What a wonderful story. I wish I could have seen the picture with my own eyes. Is it still in New York and can a schlub like me go and take a look at it?
By: Michael Offutt on March 31, 2014
i love your passion for this portrait.
By: TexWisGirl on March 31, 2014
I wish I could have you with me whenever I visit an art museum! A few years ago I was fortunate enough to see the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition of Velasquez's work. It was wonderful, but I am ashamed to say I do not remember if this portrait was among those shown...
By: The Broad on March 31, 2014
amazing painting- and I am waiting for you to teach Art History....I'll be there in the classroom!
By: Kathe W. on March 31, 2014
A fascinating background of an amazing painting!!
By: fishducky on March 31, 2014
Yes, he did catch more than a face. I like the calm displayed by this man. Yes, they got their money's worth.
By: red on March 31, 2014
The story behind the painting makes it that much more exquisite. Thanks for sharing both the story and the painting. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on March 31, 2014
It is amazing -- i don't blame you for pushing your luck to get to see it in person.
By: mimi on March 31, 2014
Loved the story about the subject of the painting and was pleased that he was finally freed.The story adds so much and makes the painting appear different from my first impression..
By: Akansas Patti on March 31, 2014
Is it just me, or does the subject bare a resemblance to a certain Mr. Chubby Chatterbox?
By: CRANKY on March 31, 2014
It's so great that you got to see it, and that it still has such an effect on you all these years later.
By: Val on March 31, 2014
And New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude and cold-hearted. You put the lie to that stereotype! Meanwhile, I agree with The Broad -- Stephen you'd make a great tour guide in a museum.
By: tom sightings on March 31, 2014
Love the way you opened the world of this artist to me. I also smiled at the story about seeing he painting. The Museum Director was a good soul. Now, why do you think the hole in the sleeve? Because it was there?
By: Tabor on April 1, 2014
It is indeed captivating but I don't know that I would have seen that without your help. I think the museum director understood your passion for art.
By: Hilary on April 1, 2014
I think paintings (and all art) speak to people differently. I honestly don't get much from this one, but I like the way the artist handled the velvet. I really like this post because it made me think about my own favorites and wondering what you and others would think about them. I bet we'd all have differing opinions, but still be able to appreciate the talent and technique involved.
By: Lexa Cain on April 1, 2014
Ah, you took me right back to my History of Art lessons when I was at Uni. Thanks! :D
By: LL COOL JOE on April 1, 2014
As someone who doesn't know or understand anything about art, I certainly appreciate your background stories and explanations about different paintings. Yes, I agree with the comment someone else made - I'd want you by my side during any visit to an art museum!
By: Pixel Peeper on April 1, 2014
As always, I learn from your posts. You see things that us non-artists would never see or even consider. Fascinating! What a great story about getting into the museum. I love that the director could see how badly you wanted to see the painting and allowed you in. Great story, Chatterbox.
By: Cheryl P. on April 1, 2014
I love learning from you. You're an artist AND a teacher. :) S
By: Scott Park on April 1, 2014
That painting is sublime. I love Velasques too but never took a good look at that painting. In some ways, it looks modern, like a photograph. Glad you got to see it.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on April 2, 2014
Educational, as always Stephen. Despite my lack of artistic nous, I can recognize why this painting made such an impression with you.
By: Bryan Jones on April 2, 2014
This is a great painting which complements your great story!
By: John on April 3, 2014
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