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The painting was painted in 1630.
The whole plot, taken from the mythology of Ancient Greece, is interpreted by the painter in a very original way, becoming much more complicated. In the picture, Velazquez depicts the moment when Apollo tells Vulcan, the god of fire, that the goddess Venus is unfaithful to him.
No earthiness is felt in the created composition, but it is felt that the author is ironic. Despite the fact that there is a radiance around Apollo, prosaism can be seen in his image. The volcano and those who help him are also devoid of divinity. These are ordinary people. There is a complete feeling that we were in the then blacksmith shop of the Spaniard blacksmith, who was caught in his usual occupation.
All domestic concreteness of the situation is also enhanced. The myth told of a cave and a fire-breathing volcano. Velazquez depicts an ordinary forge. The hearth, which is located in the very depths of the forge, is simply perfectly depicted. The room is lit by a flame of pink-orange-yellow. The viewer sees even the smallest sparks that hung in the air.
The general tonality of the canvas is a light brown tone, in which yellow shades, as well as brown and red, are expertly introduced. With the greatest force they sound in the cloak of the sun god, in a colorful sheet of iron, which is red-hot to the limit and a hot flame. The painter also introduces shades of grayish-blue. This is, first of all, the sky, the wreath of Apollo.
Velazquez masterfully developed for all characters characteristic gestures, special poses and certain facial expressions. The viewer sees how the hammers froze in different positions. This suggests that the work was unexpectedly interrupted.
There is a feeling that this picture was painted not on the basis of a mythological plot, but on a domestic theme. Such a new reading of the ancient plot was quite bold and new at the time of the painter.