Vicente Carducho
Carducho was a Florence born Spanish painter  
and writer. He was appointed court painter in  
Madrid in 1609 where his career flourished. He  
piously painted religious canvases, having an  
abhorrence for the naturalism of Caravaggio and  
Velázquez works. There were trying years for  
him when Velázquez came to court. Following  
strict piety of the Spanish realm. Carducho died  
in Madrid of madness.
Luis de Góngora y Argote
Gongora was a Spanish Baroque lyric poet.  
Góngora and his lifelong rival, Francisco de  
Quevedo, are widely considered the most  
prominent Spanish poets of all time. His style is  
characterized by what was called culteranismo,  
also known as Gongorism. The nature of his  
hooked nose presented plenty of opportunity to  
question his lineage, in a Spain where pure  
Spanish blood was crucial for success

José Nieto Velázquez
Very little is known about José Nieto, the  
Queen's Chamberlain and keeper of the royal  
tapestries. We see his figure at the door in the  
painting Las Meninas and Portrait of a Man by  
Diego Velázquez’s is thought to be him. It is not  
known if he and Diego were related. I have taken  
many liberties fictionalizing this quiet, loyal hero.
Martha and Diego had an affair on his last visit to  
Italy. A boy was born, named Antonio, who  
Diego never met. Diego had no more  
communication with Martha after his arrival back  
to his family in Madrid. History records a letter  
was sent to her by Mazo, Diego's son-in-law,  
after his death.  In Son of Spain I have  Diego  
paint Martha's likeness for Arachne, Sybil (left)  
and The Rokeby Venus. Although, time and  
location conveniently entertains the notion, there  
is no historical evidence to substantiate it.