Painter to the King

Amy Sackville


Painter to the King

Painter to the King

  • Title: Painter to the King
  • Author: Amy Sackville
  • ISBN: 9781783783908
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover



This is a portrait of Diego Velazquez, 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 privateThis is a portrait of Diego Velazquez, 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 Unfolding through series of masterly set pieces and glancing sketches, this is a novel of brilliance, imagination and sheer style about what is shown and what is seen, about art and life.


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Every so often, a novel comes along that challenges one’s expectations of the genre. Amy Sackville’s Painter to the King is one such work. It is, ostensibly, a fictional biography of Diego Velázquez, covering in particular the decades he spent in the service of King Philip IV of Spain and the relationship which developed between the artist and the monarch who was his royal/loyal patron. Sackville is surprisingly faithful to the ‘facts’, even down to what may seem trivial historical deta [...]

'Here you almost are'An unusual novel that attempts to articulate a man, an artist and his works in words. Framed through a narrator imaginatively entering into a painting, this is a paradoxically impressionistic work, given that Velazquez's own works were more concerned with the physical materialism of court, world and personality. Looking obliquely at the courtly world of seventeenth century Spain, the rituals, the patronage, the incessant concern with creating the right image of power, monarc [...]

This is a challenging but rewarding look at the life of Spanish painter diego velazquez. Much of the prose here feels like Amy Sackville is painting with words. While the artist she discusses is known for realistic creations this book is very much the opposite of that. Here we have beautiful images created through words that somehow weave together a story framed by a narrator looking back on the life of an artist through his own works. If that sounds a little unusual, it's because this book is j [...]


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