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Infanta Maria Teresa, 1653 // by Diego Velazquez by Miguel Catalan

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660) was a Spanish painter, the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV, and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age.

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chiaroscuro:

noun | chi·a·ro·scu·ro | kyärəˈsk(y)o͝orō/

An effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on a subject. The effect has been executed by key artists such as Caravaggio, da Vinci, and Rembrandt. 


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