About this artwork
In this modest kitchen scene, a type known as a bodegón (from the Spanish for pantry), Diego Velázquez depicted a young African woman at work, surrounded by exquisitely rendered pots, jugs, a mortar and pestle, and a crumpled paper wrapper for spices. Slavery was widespread in the young artist’s hometown of Seville: Velázquez, his father, and his teacher, Francisco Pacheco, were all enslavers. In creating this painting, Velázquez may have used an enslaved woman from one of these households as a model.
- Diego Velázquez
- Kitchen Scene
- Oil on canvas
- 21 7/8 × 41 1/8 in. (55.9 × 104.2 cm)
- Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund