Exhibition of Works by Velasquez Set Records

D. Velasquez. La Venus del Espejo (The Rokeby Venus). 1647–1651. Oil on canvas. 122.5 И 177.0 cm. London, the National Gallery

Exhibition of works by famous Spanish artist Diego de Silva Velasquez (1599–1660) was opened at the National Gallery in London on October 18. The display immediately attracted a capacity crowd: the museum sold more than 11,000 tickets long before the official opening of the show. Thus, the exhibition proved to be more popular event among visitors than important displays of works by Vermeer, Titian and Caravaggio that had taken place at the Gallery earlier.
According to experts, more than 300,000 guests will visit the showcase (on view through October 18 – January 21). This is the all-time record for the Gallery since its foundation in 1824.

The exhibition comprises 46 canvases by the great master (half of the total number of Velasquez’s paintings survived up to now). The majority of displayed pieces belong to the National Gallery, which boasts the second largest selection of the artist’s works. We remind that the most comprehensive collection of Velasquez’s paintings belongs to Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid (including «La rendición de Breda» and «Las Meninas»).

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Tel.: +44 (0) 20 7747 2885

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