21 Apr 2019
'The Spanish term for ground layer, "aparejo", is used in the sense of "parejo", which means even, smooth and uniform, to allude to the characteristics a surface prepared for painting should possess.' (María Dolores Gayo and Maite Jover de Celis, 2010)
The painter Juan de Pareja was born a slave, in the early years of the seventeenth century, in Spain. He served the painter Don Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez: his manumission papers lie in the Archivio di Stato in Rome, and ten of his paintings survive. Elizabeth Borton de Trevino's novel of his life, I, Juan de Pareja, won the Newberry medal in 1966.