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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.




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.


On View, Gallery 212


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Diego Velázquez


Kitchen Scene


Spain (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


55.9 × 104.2 cm (21 7/8 × 41 1/8 in.); Framed: 74.9 × 125.1 × 7.3 cm (29 1/2 × 49 1/4 × 2 7/8 in.)

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Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund

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