Juan de Pareja (1606-1670) by Velazquez, at MET, NYC

Velazquez (Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez)

Spanish, Seville 1599-1660 Madrid

Juan de Pareja (1606-1670) 1650 (oil on canvas)

“Velazquez most likely executed this portrait of his enslaved assistant in Rome during the early months of 1650. According to one of the artist’s biographers, when this landmark of western portraiture was first put on display it “received such universal acclaim that in the opinion of all the painters of different nations everything else seemed like painting by this alone like truth”. Months after depicting his sitter in such a proud and confident way, Velazquez signed a contract of manumission that would liberate him from bondage in 1654. From that point forward, Juan de Pareja worked as an independent painter in Madrid.”

Salud reporta 112 nuevos contagios y la muerte de un hombre de 90 años por COVID-19

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Salud reporta 112 nuevos contagios y la muerte de un hombre de 90 años por COVID-19 | El Nuevo Día

4,620 infected and 78 deceased fro COVID-19. Puerto Rico does not even have an agency in charge of immunization, I guess they are hoping that COVID-19 will pass before doing more damage.