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Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, A Souvenir of Velazquez

A Souvenir of Velazquez, 1868

Sir 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.

Object details

A Souvenir of Velazquez
Object type
Oil on canvas

1027 mm x 824 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Diploma Work given by Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA accepted 1868

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