Why is this painting so captivating? - James Earle and Christina Bozsik
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When Philip IV inherited power in 1621 Spain was a massive empire, but by the time he died in 1665, Spain’s power and influence had dramatically decreased. For a fair assessment of his life and reign, visit this link.
While, Diego Velazquez plays with the tension of the ideal and reality within his painting "Las Meninas," the style in which he paints, depicts his subjects in a realistic manner. For more information on the style which Velazquez employs, you can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and look at some of his amazing portraits.
Want to interact with one of Velazquez’s paintings? Here is an interactive image provided by The Prado Museum, where "Las Meninas" hangs. It has been developed for interested visitors to explore. Interact with the masterpiece for yourself and read more about "Las Meninas."
Interested in learning more about Spanish Baroque art? The Khan Academy site is a good place to start. It has some great information which includes another video about "Las Meninas."
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