The Forge of Vulcan, 1630 , Apollo visiting Hephaestus, Diego Velázquez

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Velasquez's treatment of the Forge of Vulcan is one of the most beautifully rugged and yet refined examples of Spanish art. It is in the Prado at Madrid. A dramatic moment has been chosen for illustration. The sun-god Apollo has just descended to the Cyclops' forge to impart to Vulcan the news that he has discovered the intrigue between his wife, Venus, and Mars. It was a little inconsiderate in him to break the news to Vulcan in the midst of his fellow workers, but it makes a better picture. Phoebus, with light irradiating in an exquisite way from his head, stands at the left, in the attitude of one who relates a narrative; one hand is raised, and his remarks punctuated with his forefinger. Vulcan, listening, enraged, shows his fury in his twisted shoulders and his fiery eyes. The Cyclops are standing by, also listening ; they have paused a moment in their work, and this halt is well portrayed. The focus of interest is directed to Apollo, and the picture is well balanced, in form and in chiaroscuro. Julia de Wolf Addison

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