Las Meninas
1656
Diego Velazquez
This painting was commissioned by Philip IV of Spain, and consists of: The princess; two meninas, or ladies-in-waiting; court dwarves Maria Barbola and Nicholas Pertusato; the princess’s chaperone; an unidentified bodyguard; Don Jose Nieto Velazquez, the Queen’s chamberlain and head of the royal tapestry works; and the artist, Diego Velazquez.
Some highlights:
The artist is the first person from the left, looking directly at the viewer.
The King and Queen are depicted as reflections in the mirror in the background, putting them in the position of the viewer.
At that time, dwarves were denigrated for their physical deformities and of little social status. Perhaps this is reflected by Velazquez merely painting an interaction of one of the dwarfs with the Mastiff, an animal.
Suggested reading:
What Great Paintings Say, Volume 2 by Rose-Marie Hagen and Rainer Hagen, pg 263-268.

Las Meninas

1656

Diego Velazquez

This painting was commissioned by Philip IV of Spain, and consists of: The princess; two meninas, or ladies-in-waiting; court dwarves Maria Barbola and Nicholas Pertusato; the princess’s chaperone; an unidentified bodyguard; Don Jose Nieto Velazquez, the Queen’s chamberlain and head of the royal tapestry works; and the artist, Diego Velazquez.

Some highlights:

The artist is the first person from the left, looking directly at the viewer.

The King and Queen are depicted as reflections in the mirror in the background, putting them in the position of the viewer.

At that time, dwarves were denigrated for their physical deformities and of little social status. Perhaps this is reflected by Velazquez merely painting an interaction of one of the dwarfs with the Mastiff, an animal.

Suggested reading:

What Great Paintings Say, Volume 2 by Rose-Marie Hagen and Rainer Hagen, pg 263-268.

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    Las Meninas, 1656, Diego Velázquez
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    Diego Velazquez: Las Meninas
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    Las meninas de Velazquez, siempre me pareció creepy la enana de la derecha.
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    uuuuughhhhhh Las Meninas……. Fucking loooove baroqueeeeeeee. The further I go into my classes at an art school, the more...
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    Saw this in Madrid a month ago! c:
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    One of my most favorite paintings of all time.
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    One of my favorite paintings!
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