Another "Maid" attributed Velasquez Museum of Houston

The painting “The Kitchen Maid” (circa 1620) was labeled “Diego Velasquez-style” and hung in a corner outside the door in Rienzi, a branch of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. However, in November she will move to the hall of the main museum already with a new attribution - “attributed to Velasquez.”This re-attribution means that the first picture of the Spanish Baroque master appeared in the institution. The Baroque style that changed the Renaissance, in contrast to Renaissance art, which maintained the distance between the work and the audience, sought to shake the soul. Of course, successfully: the picturesque pearls of those times are true treasures. Read on. The merit of the discovery belongs to the chief conservative, Zaire Bomford, a specialist in Velasquez, who carried out the restoration and study of the web. In terms of the quality of the performance of the heroine’s face, she suggested that the painting was painted by the master himself. After removing the layers of wax, resin and repainting that spoiled the look of the painting, and the completion of a number of technical studies, she and other museum staff were convinced that the guess was correct.A kitchen maid (attributed) to Diego Velasquez, 1620, 86.4 × 73 cm. A painting depicting a mixed race slave girl with compassion made her debut after cleaning last June at the Art Museum of San Antonio. She was an exhibit at the exhibition “Spain. 500 years of Spanish painting from the museums of Madrid. There, she was still labeled "Diego Velázquez", but the catalog noted that "in fact, this could be Velázquez himself."
Catherine Luber, director of the museum in San Antonio, said: “When I first saw her, I immediately believed it. The way her face is written, the bandage on her head and the crumpled rag in the foreground are the main evidence. ” She added that European curators of painting from other museums who visited the exhibition in San Antonio, agreed with her.The scene in Diego Velázquez’s kitchen, 1620, 55 × 104.5 cm. The Houston picture seems to be a truncated version or a fragment of “Kitchen Scenes” (1618/20) by Velasquez belonging to the Art Institute of Chicago, and “The Kitchen Maid with Dinner in Emmaus” (ca. 1617 / 18) from the National Gallery in Dublin. Zaire Bomford says that the head and the upper part of the torso on the canvas from Houston coincide with the Chicago image, and some fragments of dishes - with a picture from Dublin. Some of the elements from these works appear in other pictures, for example, dishes can be seen in the scene “Two young men at the table” (1622) from Apsley House in London.Kitchen maid with "Dinner at Emmaus" Diego Velasquez1618, 55 × 118 cm "Kitchen maid" was transferred to the museum in Houston in 1955 by Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III. They also donated to the institution other significant paintings, many pieces of porcelain, and, eventually, Rienzi’s house with all its contents.Two young men at the table, Diego Velazquez, 1622, 64.5 × 105 cm. Bomford led the “maid triad” as one confirmation of the recent theory that Diego Velasquez used “hand-held copy machines” or cardboards to create many of his works. But these cases do not apply to the series of “his greatest images,” for example, “Menin,” says an expert in a scientific article in the October issue of the Colnaghi Studies Journal. Arkhiv: read us in the Telegram and see on Instagram
Based on The Art Newspaper