Thursday, March 14, 2013

Los Borrachos & La Mulata


              Los Borrachos or The Triumph of Bacchus

  Time: 1628-1629
  Style: Baroque
  Artist: Diego Velázquez
  Material and Technique: Oil on canvas
  Location: Museo del Prado, Madrid

  Iconographic Analysis

Name: Los Borrachos or The Triumph of Bacchus
Type of painting: It is a Baroque painting by Velázquez which was painted for Philip IV and Velázquez was paid 100 ducats.

  Formal Analysis

Composition, space and decoration: There is the very illuminated Bacchus figure, closer to the Italian style by Caravaggio. There are classicist style and the figures are immersed in chiaroscuro. There are also some elements that give naturalism to the painting such as the bottle and the pitcher.
Size: 165 cm x 225 cm
Points of interest:In the picture, the god is represented as a person within the small celebration, but his skin is clearer than the other ones, to be recognized more easily.


In the Baroque, Baco was seen as a liberator of the man's daily life. So, here we have a kind of initiation rite ceremonial wine, where all the drunks laugh. It could be a parody of that initiation Velázquez wanted to do, influenced by Rubens.

La Mulata or The Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus

  Time: 1620-1622
  Style: Baroque
  Artist: Diego Velázquez
  Material and Technique: Oil on canvas
  Location: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

  Iconographic Analysis

Name: La Mulata or The Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus
Type of painting: It is one of the two Baroque versions of this scene painted by Diego Rodriguez de Silva and Velázquez in his early Seville period.

  Formal Analysis

Composition,space and decoration: We can see a black woman- here the title - after a table, in which they emphasize detailed pots that make an excellent tavern. 
Size: 104.5 cm x 55 cm
Points of interest: In the background is a religious scene which represent the Supper at Emmaus, seen through a window.


Velazquez makes this scene more than a still life depicting a background of sacred history, resource use also in the picture of Christ in the House of Martha.

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