Velazquez, Strokes of Genius

Velazquez was a mysterious figure who rarely signed his work and produced less than 200 paintings, and yet, his unique skills with the brush have inspired artists for centuries, including: Picasso, Manet, Francis Bacon, and Chuck Close.

What was Velazquez's hidden past that he tried to hide as he attempted to be granted knighthood, an unprecedented honor for an artist of the Spanish Court, that not even the  king of Spain could resolve?

A look at this complex, driven artist who still remains one of the greatest oil painters of all time.