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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Diego Velázquez

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be showcasing prominent Hispanic artists in history.


Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) was a Spanish painter during the Spanish Golden Age. There is a self-portrait in the painting Las Meninas, which serves as an example of European baroque art. Manet considered him as a model; as did modern artists, including Picasso, Dali and Francis Bacon. It’s interesting to note that Manet, who is considered a bridge between realism and impressionism called Velázquez the “painter of painters.”

If you’re near Westbury, NY, check out our Hispanic Heritage event on September 24.

Self-portrait by Diego Velázquez

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Anne has lived in Westbury for 50 years. She is a former teacher, an avid quilter, painter, needle worker, and actress/singer. Anne is a former member of St. Brigid Choir under the direction of Joseph Cangelosi. Also, Anne participated in the St. Brigid Youth’s theater productions as both a performer and director.