Nick Routt DIEGO VELAZQUEZ BIO Diego Velazquez was born in Sevilla on June 6th 1599 in a family belonging to the minor aristocracy. At the age of 12, he started an apprenticeship which lasted 5 years and taught him to depict perspective and proportion accurately. Velazquez developed fever at the end of July in 1660 and died on August 6th at the age of 61. The church where he was buried was later destroyed so the location of his grave is now unknown. LA RENDICIÓN DE BREDA (THE SURRENDER OF BREDA), Painted between 1634 and 1635. It was inspired while Velázquez was visiting Italy and is considered one of his best pieces of work. Test question LA VENUS DEL ESPEJO (ROKEBY VENUS) This piece of work was painted between 1647 and 1651. The work depicts the goddess Venus in a sensual pose, lying on a bed and looking into a mirror held by the Roman god of physical love, her son Cupid. LAS MENINAS (THE MAIDS OF HONOR) This painting was painted in 1656. It shows a large room in King Philip IV’s palace in Madrid. KING PHILP IV Diego painted a portrait of King Philip IV between 1624 and 1627.