The Metro: Velázquez

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Although born in Seville, in 1599, Diego Velazquez is most remembered for his career in Madrid, as supreme painter for the Spanish royal family, his paintings won him wealth, fame and even a knighthood. He died at the age of 61, but his influence has continued down the centuries. The Museo del Prado in Madrid has the best collection of his artwork

The Metro station named after him is in the barrio Salamanca,  one stop from the Metro station of Spain's other grand painter, Goya. However, when he was alive, Velázquez actually lived near the Royal palace, closer to today's station Opera.