I, Juan de Pareja Essay & Project Ideas

Elizabeth B. de Trevino
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1. What is the history of slavery in Spain and its colonies? Were other ethnic groups besides blacks enslaved?

2. How did slavery in seventeenthcentury Spain differ from slavery in England's American colonies?

3. Who was Bartolome Esteban Murillo, and why is he important? Be sure to describe at least one of his paintings, as well as to summarize his life and what modern critics and historians think of him.

4. Compare Trevino's descriptions of Velazquez's paintings with pictures of the paintings. Why does Trevino emphasize Velazquez's dedication to truth in art when he seems to have altered his portraits of King Philip to make him more handsome than he really was?

Particularly note Velazquez's first portrait of the king, which the painter seems to have done twice—first with absolute accuracy, then painted over with a more idealistic version.

5. Write a short biography of Velazquez, emphasizing his...

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