Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter

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Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter

Published on April 13, 2023

This exhibition offers an unprecedented look at the life and artistic achievements of seventeenth-century Afro-Hispanic painter Juan de Pareja. Largely known today as the subject of The Met’s iconic portrait by Diego Velázquez, Pareja was enslaved in Velázquez’s studio for over two decades before becoming an artist in his own right. This presentation is the first to tell his story and examine the role of enslaved artisanal labor and a multiracial society in the art and material culture of Spain’s so-called “Golden Age.” The exhibition culminates in the first gathering of Pareja’s rarely seen paintings, some of enormous scale, which engage with the canons of Western art while reverberating throughout the African diaspora.

The exhibition runs from April 3 – July 16, 2023 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, NY NY 10028.

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