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Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter in the Age of Velázquez

Pullins, David, and Vanessa K. Valdés, with essays by Luis Méndez Rodriguez and Erin Kathleen Rowe
176 pages
89 illustrations
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Diego Velázquez’s portrait of Juan de Pareja (ca. 1608–1670) has long been a landmark of European art, but this provocative study focuses on its subject: an enslaved man who went on to build his own successful career as an artist. This catalogue—the first scholarly monograph on Pareja—discusses the painter’s ties to the Madrid School of the 1660s and revises our understanding of artistic production during Spain’s Golden Age, with a focus on enslaved artists and artisans. The authors illuminate the highly skilled labor within Seville’s multiracial society; the role of Black saints and confraternities in the promotion of Catholicism among enslaved populations; and early twentieth-century scholar Arturo Schomburg’s project to recover Pareja’s legacy. The book also includes the first illustrated and annotated list of known works attributed to Pareja.

Met Art in Publication

The Childhood of Sebastián Gómez, Auguste Hadamard  French, Hand-colored lithograph with printed tone
Auguste Hadamard
Battle between Christians and Muslims at El Sotillo, Francisco de Zurbarán  Spanish, Oil on canvas
Francisco de Zurbarán
ca. 1637–39
Plate, Tin-glazed earthenware, Spanish
Dish, Tin-glazed earthenware, Spanish
Dish, Tin-glazed earthenware, Spanish
late 15th century
Saint John the Baptist, Juan Martínez Montañés  Spanish, Polychromed wood with gilding, Spanish, Seville
Juan Martínez Montañés
ca. 1620–30
Dish (salver or basin), Silver gilt, enamel, Spanish
early 17th century
Jarro de Pico, Hernando Solis, Silver, parcel-gilt, Spanish, Valladolid
Hernando Solis
late 16th century
Tazza, Silver, Portuguese
second half 17th century
Juan de Pareja (ca. 1608–1670), Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez)  Spanish, Oil on canvas
Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez)
Portrait of a Man, Velázquez  Spanish, Oil on canvas
ca. 1650
Portrait of a Man, Possibly a Self-Portrait, Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez)  Spanish, Oil on canvas
Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez)
ca. 1635
The Feast of the Resurrection in Piazza Navona, Rome, 1650, Dominique Barrière  French, Etching
Dominique Barrière
ca. 1650

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Pullins, David, Juan de Pareja, Vanessa Kimberly Valdés, Luis Méndez Rodríguez, and Erin Kathleen Rowe. 2023. Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter in the Age of Velázquez. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.