Painter to the King
This is a portrait of Diego Velzquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. It is a portrait of a relationship that is not quite a friendship, between an artist and his subject. It is a portrait of a ruler, always on duty, and increasingly burdened by a life of public expectation and repeated private grief. And it is a portrait of a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
Fictional biography of Diego Velasquez at the court of Philip IV of Spain. The stream-of-consciousness text put me off at first but as I got used to it, the novel grew on me. Most of all I liked the ... Read full review