Portrait of Juan de Pareja, the Assistant to Velázquez
On View In:
Gallery 376
Artist:   Salvador Dali  
Title:   Portrait of Juan de Pareja, the Assistant to Velázquez  
Date:   1960  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   29 1/4 x 34 3/4 in. (74.3 x 88.27 cm) (canvas) 35 x 40 x 3 in. (88.9 x 101.6 x 7.62 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. John Sargent Pillsbury, Sr.  
Location:   Gallery 376  

Unlike many of his fellow Surrealists who rejected the influence of the past, Dali maintained a deep admiration for the art of the Old Masters. This work was conceived by Dali as an homage to the 17th century Spanish artist Diego Velázquez, and it loosely quotes several elements from two of the great master's most famous works, The Maids of Honor and the Portrait of Juan Pareja. Those elements most easily discerned are: the palace official from The Maids of Honor who stands in the doorway at left; and, Juan Pareja's hand with extended thumb at bottom center. More elusive to the viewer, however, is the profile of Juan Pareja, the outline of which is defined by a figural grouping from the The Maids of Honor. Velázquez's easel defines the bridge of Pareja's nose, while the Spanish princess and her attendants form his mustache and beard.

Name:   Dali, Salvador  
Nationality:   Spanish  
Life Dates:   Spanish, 1904-1989  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LR in black: [Dali 1960]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Creation Place:   Europe, Spain, , ,  
Accession #:   84.5  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts