An Old Woman Cooking Eggs

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An Old Woman Cooking Eggs 1618


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 'bodegónes' in Spanish.

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Spanish word used to describe kitchen or tavern scenes often with a prominent still-life element.


Something that is not clear, or which does not transmit or reflect light. It can also specifically refer to pigments used to darken areas of photographs.

Bodegón, Opaque


  • Acc. No. NG 2180
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 100.50 x 119.50 cm (framed: 148.00 x 128.60 x 7.60 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund and a Treasury Grant 1955