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Copy Of Innocent X - painting by artist Russell Spencer
Copy Of Innocent X, 1994-11-21
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!