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Copy Of Innocent X
By Russell Spencer after Diego Velazquez
Acrylic on Customwood, 435 x 545 mm
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Francis Bacon agreed with me that the
Portrait of Pope Innocent X
by Diego Velazquez is one of the very greatest of paintings, and he made
a whole series of paintings
based on it.
I read that when the Pope saw Velazquez' portrait, he told the painter that it was "too honest", but then instructed his factotum to pay twice the agreed price. I don't suppose the story is true, but it should be!