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Juan Batista Martinez
del Maso

1612−1667
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Juan del Maso was not only one of the best students Diego VelazquezA: August 31, 1633, he married his daughter, Francis de Silva Velázquez i Pacheco. The magnificent celebration, organized in the palace church of Santiago in Madrid, was attended by the King of Spain Philip IV and his closest advisers. The place at the court of the newly-made son-in-law of Velázquez was provided: in 1634 the court painter transferred to the husband’s daughter the position of guardian of the gates of the Royal Chamber. And in 1643, del Maso became the personal artist of the heir to the Spanish throne prince of Asturias, who, in turn, became the godfather of the artist’s fifth child. After the sudden death of Prince del Maso, he retained his privileges and still worked at the Spanish royal court.


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