• Juan de Pareja

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    Juan de Pareja , byname El Esclavo , (born c. 1610, Antequera , Spain-died 1670, Madrid), Spanish painter and student of Diego Velázquez. Pareja was initially Velázquez's slave and assisted the artist in his studio.
    Pareja accompanied Velázquez on his second visit to Italy (1649-51), where Velázquez painted Pareja's portrait. The portrait was purchased at auction by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970 for nearly $5.5 million, a record at the time. According to early writers, Pareja painted in the manner of Velázquez, but his only known portrait is a mere reflection of Velázquez's style...
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