Saturday, September 17, 2016

Velazquez, "Las Meninas"

A first look at the painting, and you see little girl being the center of attention. That little girl is Margarita Theresa who would later become the Holy Roman empress, Archduchess consort of Austria, and Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia. The paining is more of a behind the scenes paining as you can see Velazquez incorporated himself into the piece as well as her servants and even her parents right above her head in the small mirror. I chose this paining because the first thing I noticed was the little girl which appears to me as some sort of royal princess and also the painter and I wanted to know why he was in it. So it was interesting to find out that Velásquez's point was to make it look like a behind the scenes painting so the audience can feel like they are there watching him paint Margarita. 

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