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Velázquez and The Surrender of Breda: The Making of a Masterpiece Hardcover – November 8, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


"A superb account....wonderfully written."—The New Yorker

"Filled with rich detail and lush descriptions, this book, like the painting that inspired it, is remarkable for both its scope and its intimacy."—Barnes and Noble Review

"This highly provocative, rich, and savory feast challenges readers to see great art with fresh eyes and in context."—Kirkus

"In this witty, inquisitive, and redefining portrait…Bailey brings Velázquez forward as a brilliant and complex artist navigating an exciting and dangerous world and enables us to see his ‘split-screen’ compositions as the cutting-edge creations they were nearly four centuries ago."—Booklist, Starred Review

About the Author

Anthony Bailey is the author of Vermeer: A View of Delft, two books on Rembrandt, the novel Major Andre, and nineteen other books. A writer for The New Yorker for a quarter century, Bailey has been called "one of the best descriptive writers of his generation" (John Russell, The New York Times).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805088350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805088359
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on January 21, 2012
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Contrary to the book's title and subtitle, while the military surrender at Breda is certainly discussed by the author, it is by no means the sole, or even primary, focus of this entire book.

The problem here is that there is scant source material on the actual subject of this biography, Velazquez. So the author, Mr. Bailey, while admitting this, proceeds to describe the important paintings of the great Spanish artist while giving his own conjectures about the life he led amid those far away times.

Some of this is interesting and informative, other parts are not. For example, I did not think it added much for the author to describe is own bike trip to the area around modern day Breda. Nor was it very helpful to have paintings described in some detail without then being conveniently placed, if at all, in the text for immediate visual reference by the reader.
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