Velazquez was also leading European painter of the Baroque period which lasted from the early 1600s to to around 1750. He began to paint in a precise and dramatic tenebrist style which employed violent contrasts of light and dark, and where darkness became a dominating feature of the image. But he later developing a freer manner characterized by bold brushwork.
Velázquez’s paintings became a model for 19th-century realist and impressionist painters. In the 20th century, artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Francis Bacon paid tribute to Velázquez by re-interpreting some of his most iconic images.
Most of his work entered the Spanish royal collection, and by far the best collection is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid , though some portraits were sent abroad as diplomatic gifts, especially to the Austrian Habsburgs.
Destination – Spain