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This is a portrait of Diego Velazquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. It is a portrait of a relationship that is not quite a friendship, between an artist and his subject. It is a portrait of a ruler, always on duty, and increasingly burdened by a life of public expectation and repeated private grief. And it is a portrait of a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess. Unfolding through series of masterly set-pieces and glancing sketches, this is a novel of brilliance, imagination and sheer style -- about what is shown and what is seen, about art and life.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783783922
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“Painting with words....”

This is the story of Diego Velazquez from arriving to at the court of King Philip IV of Spain to his death, his relationship with him as an artist and as a human being.

Amy Sackville has an amazing writing style, as... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
16th November 2017
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Elizabeth at Preston

“An evocative, mesmerising read...”

There is a wonderful lyricism to Sackville’s writing, which only enhances the vibrancy of this atmospheric story set in the court of King Philip IV of Spain in 17th Century Spain.

Cleverly, like Velázquez used mise... More

“Historical artistry”

I absolutely love historical fiction and ‘Painter to the King’ is one of the best I have read in a long while. It is an intensely personal love letter to the artist by the author, whose own musings on her subject... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
14th July 2018
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