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Kitchen Scene

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1618/20

Artist:

Diego Velázquez
Spanish, 1599-1660

About this artwork

In this modest kitchen scene, a type known as a bodegón (from the Spanish for pantry), Diego Velázquez depicted a young African woman at work, surrounded by exquisitely rendered pots, jugs, a mortar and pestle, and a crumpled paper wrapper for spices. Slavery was widespread in the young artist’s hometown of Seville: Velázquez, his father, and his teacher, Francisco Pacheco, were all enslavers. In creating this painting, Velázquez may have used an enslaved woman from one of these households as a model.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Diego Velázquez

Title

Kitchen Scene

Origin

Spain

Date

1618–1622

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

21 7/8 × 41 1/8 in. (55.9 × 104.2 cm)

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1935.380

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