Velázquez painted the portrait of his slave probably during the first months of his stay in Rome in 1650. Months after portraying his model in a proud and confident manner, Velázquez signed a manumission contract that would free him in 1654. From then on Juan Pareja worked as a freelance painter in Madrid, producing portraits and large-format works.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Scope: Secondary education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Format: Oil on canvas (81.3 x 69.9 cm)
Source: Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York (Nueva York)
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York (Nueva York)
Abstract: Portrait of Juan de Pareja, Velázquez's slave, whom he taught to paintImage