Juan de Pareja

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Today we are going to treat you to the audio of an essay written by Zinaida Kitaychik, in which Zinaida describes the famous painting by Diego Velazques, entitled Juan de Pareja.  The original of this painting hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

The essay you are about to listen to, Juan de Pareja, was written by Zinaida in her  college ESL class after she read the book, I, Juan de Pareja, by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino.  If you would like to read Zinaida's essay while listening to the audio, please click on the Easy Writer CD-ROM image to the right to find out how you can obtain a copy of the software.

Here is a vocabulary list to help you with your listening comprehension:

 Juan de Pareja; Engish grammar and ESL help
portrait
portraitists
century
slave
secretly
master
remain(ed)
freedom
entire
paste
tones
utilize(d)
skills
express
character
unique
masterfully
detail
delicacy
(the) buttons
(the)  folds
(the)  lace
(the)  collar
waist
briskly
(to) sense
plump
curly
forehead
kind
concerned
noble
piercing
measuring
qualities
doubt
masterpiece of artwork

 

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Ideas for Further Thought or Writing

  1. What do you know about life in 17th century Spain?  What do you know about life in 17th century Spain, having listened to this story?

  2. What can you say about the character of Diego Velezques, knowing that he secretly taught Juan de Pareja how to paint?

  3. What do you feel when you look at the painting, Juan de Pareja?

  4. Do you know anybody who took risks the type of risks that Velazques did?

  5. Try to imagine Juan de Pareja's life after he was freed.  Write about that.  Go online and learn about Juan de Pareja, the man.







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