In the era of Rembrandt, Rubens, and Van Dyke, Spain had its own great painter: Diego Velasquez. His assistant is an African slave, Juan, who, by helping his master in his studio in the preparation of paints and stretching of canvasses, becomes an artist himself. Self-taught by watching his master's technique, he is torn between the need to keep his secret, for such work as the creation of art is forbidden to slaves, and the desire to reveal his own talents.More
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Beautiful, just beautiful!
If I could sum up this story in 3 words it would be classic, inspiring, and moving.
My favorite character was Juan because he always seemed helpful and joyful, even in the most dire situations.
If I, Juan de Pareja was a film, the tag line should be:"An inspiring moment."
Listen to it or read the book. It will not be a waste of your time.