This is a painting by Velazquez, a very famous
Spanish artist. And the painting is titled “Tavern scene”. This is a typical topic and
genre of the time. The painting was made in the first two decades of the 17th century;
quite precisely around 1622. And this is the period of the Golden Age in Spanish art that
lasted from mid-16th to mid-17th centuries. One of the most famous artists of this period
is Velazquez, who was a court painter as well and as a court painter to Phillip IV, a Spanish
king, he had many commissions. Therefore we know a lot of paintings by him.