©Salvador Dali - Don Jose Nieto Velazquez from 'Las Meninas' by Velazquez 1982

Don Jose Nieto Velazquez from 'Las Meninas' by Velazquez 1982
Don Jose Nieto Velazquez from 'Las Meninas' by Velazquez
1982 140x100cm oil/canvas
Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Figueras, Spain

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Las Meninas Diego Velázquez 1656
Las Meninas
Diego Velázquez
1656 318x276cm oil/canvas
Museo del Prado, Madrid

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia :
Las Meninas (Spanish for The Maids of Honour) is a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The work's complex and enigmatic composition raises questions about reality and illusion, and creates an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. Because of these complexities, Las Meninas has been one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting.
The painting shows a large room in the Royal Alcazar of Madrid during the reign of King Philip IV of Spain, and presents several figures, most identifiable from the Spanish court, captured, according to some commentators, in a particular moment as if in a snapshot. Some look out of the canvas towards the viewer, while others interact among themselves. The young Infanta Margaret Theresa is surrounded by her entourage of maids of honour, chaperone, bodyguard, two dwarfs and a dog. Just behind them, Velázquez portrays himself working at a large canvas. Velázquez looks outwards, beyond the pictorial space to where a viewer of the painting would stand. In the background there is a mirror that reflects the upper bodies of the king and queen. They appear to be placed outside the picture space in a position similar to that of the viewer, although some scholars have speculated that their image is a reflection from the painting Velázquez is shown working on.