Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (June 6, 1599 – August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners, culminating in the production of his masterpiece Las Meninas(1656).

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, of kortweg Velázquez (Sevilla, 6 juni 1599 - Madrid, 6 augustus 1660) was een Spaanse kunstschilder die werkte als hofschilder van de Spaanse koning Filips IV, voor wie hij veel portretten van de koninklijke familie, evenals enkele religieuze schilderijen, genrestukken en andere werken maakte.