The copious official documents Brown, together with J. H. Elliott, resarched for their A Palace for a King ( LJ 10/15/80) revealed new facts about Velazquez, and became the basis for Brown's latest book. There are gaps in the artist's biography that will probably never be filled, but Brown could make some logical assumptions about the many years Velazquez lived under the patronage of Philip IV of Spain. Brown was able to establish a new chronology for some of the controversial paintings, and he has eliminated a few questionable ones from the artist's oeuvre. This is an important addition to Velazquez studies. It is also a highly readable, excellently illustrated book for laypersons who wish to learn more about this intriguing artist. Eleanor Riley, Getty Conservation Inst. Lib., Marina del Rey, Cal.