Monday, April 20, 2009

Las Meninas

I've been watching a documentary series called Great Artists, presented by Tim Marlow. I have enjoyed every minute of it. Tonight I watched the episode on Diego Velázquez, and was struck dumb by this picture called Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) which he painted in 1656. Wikipedia has a huge article on just how groundbreaking this painting was - it's well worth a read. I love the concept that it's actually a portrait of the Spanish King and Queen, who you can see in the mirror on the back wall. They're standing exactly where the viewer is, in front of the painting. You can see Velázquez himself on the left. I particularly like the surprised look on the faces and the dude on the right kicking the dog. Pure genius, nothing 80% here.

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