About this artwork

Velázquez was eighteen or nineteen when he painted this remarkable picture. It clearly demonstrates his flair for painting people and everyday objects directly from life. His fascination with contrasting materials and textures and the play of light and shadow on opaque and reflective surfaces resulted in brilliant passages of painting, especially the eggs cooking in hot oil and the varied domestic utensils. At the start of his career Velázquez painted a number of these kitchen or tavern scenes, called 'bodegones' in Spanish.

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  • title:
    An Old Woman Cooking Eggs
  • accession number:
    NG 2180
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1618
  • measurements:
    100.50 x 119.50 cm (framed: 128.50 x 148.00 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund and a Treasury Grant 1955

Diego Velazquez

Diego Velazquez