John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, A Souvenir of Velazquez

A Souvenir of Velazquez, 1868

John Everett Millais Bt. PRA (1829 – 1896)

RA Collection: Art

The expressionistic brushwork and broad colouring of Millais's diploma work contrasts with the restrained naturalism of his earlier Pre-Raphaelite paintings. This work was inspired by Velázquez's mid 17th century portraits of the Infanta Maria Margarita. Throughout his career Millais painted children to provoke meditations on transience, beauty and truth. By the late 1860's, this painterly concern with mood and memory corresponded with the ideals of the emerging Aesthetic movement.

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Object details

Title
A Souvenir of Velazquez
Artist/designer
Date
1868
Object type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions

824 x 1027 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/721
Materials
canvas
Shapes
rectangular (portrait)
Techniques
oil
Acquisition
Diploma Work given by John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, accepted 1868

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