I, Juan De Pareja

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I, Juan De Pareja


Taking place in the 17th century, I, Juan De Pareja talks about the life of a slave. He is met with challenges on his adventures and learn important lessons from them. "And you, boy, you must pray and give thanks, and ask to be shown why God has chosen to save you. There is something He wants you to do; there is some duty He has laid upon you." (Trevino, p.15) Get ready to be caught in a world where a determined and loyal slave crawls to reach his dreams.


This is an incredibly gripping novel, especially for people like us who like reading historical fiction. This detailed piece of work gives us a look at the life of a slave trying to seek his identity and reach his dreams. As 12 year old girls who have real tastes of art, we (personally) think that this book is the most compelling book we have ever read!!! Truth or beautification??? These 2 views on art influenced our perspectives too. This is a very mature book that worms itself into your heart and makes you think about yourself and how you can relate. We give this book a double like and a 5 star rating!!! So, the next time you stop by a library near you, make sure to check I, Juan de Pareja out!!!



Serena TangandKayla WongPeriod B

In the story of I, Juan de Pareja, Juan travels from place to place. One such location was Madrid. There, he served as a slave under the famous painter named Don Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, the nephew of Juan's old mistress. Juan lived in Madrid with his compassionate master until Diego and his family died. He encountered many friends and enemies such as Don Carmelo, Mistress Dona Juana de Miranda, Paquita, Ignacia, Rubens, King Phillip, Dona Trini (who gave him Mooshi the Kitten) and Miri (his first love). After Juan's stay in Madrid, he traveled to Italy with Master Diego. On his first trip, Don Diego and Juan saw the great works of Rubens. A couple years after Juan and Diego's first trip, King Phillip sent Diego back to Italy to collect paintings for the museums and statuarys in the palace. Diego and Juan set off back to Italy on a rough worrisome trip. They also came upon Don Rodrigo de Foncerrada and the Pope at that time.

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I, Juan de Parejaby Elizabeth Borton De Trevino

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I, Juan de Pareja deeply emphasizes every painters' perspective on art. As an honorable painter, Diego is said only to paint the truth,"...'Art is Truth, and to serve Art, I will never deceive.'"(Trevino, p.63) Diego's famous paintings eventually led up to the well known portrait of His Holiness. Velazquez painted this portriat more carefully than all other portraits. He believes that the Pope is,"...tough and strong; he would not relish weakness in anyone..."(Trevino, p.137), and paintedjust that. Though Master Velazquez might view art as truth, others may not. Most commonly, artists "beautify" art to make it look the more appealing to the eyes. For example, "Cristobal's painting was beautiful;the wine glowed ruby through the crystal glass, the cheese looked golden and creamy, and the bread was in shadow."(Trevino, pgs.62-63) But the actual model is pretty much the opposite. The author focuses on how ones view on art can lead to the most beautiful but inaccurate painting, or the ugly truth...


"Las Meninas" (top) is an oil painting painted by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Diego, a faomus spanish painter, in 1656. "Velázquez portrays himself, painting the painting itself, on the left of the canvas, thus affirming the supremacy of the art of painting. The Infanta Margarita (1651-1673), wears white and appears in the center of the composition, surrounded by her ladies in waiting, the “meninas” María Agustina de Sarmiento and Isabel de Velasco, along with two court buffoons, María Bárbola and Nicolasito Pertusato, and a mastiff. Behind her, the duenna Marcela de Ulloa converses with the quartermaster, José Nieto, who is in the doorway." states the Museo Nacional Del Prado (museum). Basically, the painting was of the Royal family in of Spain. Diego belived that "Art should be Turth; and Truth unadorned, unsentimentalized, is Beauty...I would rather paint what exactly what I see, even it is ugly, perfectly, than indifferently piant something superfically ugly." (Trevino, p.63) He also like to "paint" his models thought in their pose and eys. "Venus in Front of the Mirror" (second to top) is a painting painted by Peter Paul Rubens. It was copied Titan's original painting of Venus. Rubens copied it when he was in the Court of Madrid. "This painting shows the Roman goddess Venus with her traditionally blonde hair, but in the usual style of Rubens’ paintings showing her as a fat, rounded, but ideal figure. She is sitting with her back facing the viewer and her face only partially visible, but her face in all its glory can be viewed on the mirror held for her by her son, Cupid. The other notable human figure in the picture is that of a black servant or maid, painted in a style reminiscent of African black women slaves usually shown in harems by artists of Orientalism." states Gandalf Gallery. Rubens painted in an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour, and sensuality. He is well known for his altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.



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