Velazquez painting. Meninas. Art History
In 1656, Diego Velazquez painted Las Meninas. Topic: The Spanish King Philip IV and his family. Composition: Baroque, absolutely complicated. The king and the queen don’t appear in the portrayed group and we should intuit their presence by their reflection in the mirror at the background. The protagonist of the picture is their daughter, Margaret, “la Menina”. All of the lights focus on her, blond and dressed in pale colors, the beauty. Around her, two other beautiful ladies. Did Baroque like beauty? Not at all. Then, the rest of the figures are ugly, dwarfs and old people…, a Baroque artist was always looking for the contrast. At the foreground, a dog, a mastiff, it introduces us to the painting. It’s clear Velazquez loved pets. Perspective: atmospheric. ‘What would you save if the Museum of Prado was burning?’ A journalist asked Dali. ‘I would save the air…, the air of the Meninas.’
A masterpiece of one thousand and hundred blacks, of one thousand and hundred whites, of an artist who wanted to pass to the art history as the best. He got!Yes, in the air we find the great admiration every painter has felt for this large old oil on canvas. Because never before, never after, an artist has painted the air with this perfection, with this sense of eternity. Vanished air wraps and freezes people, rich and poor people, beauty and ugly people, and unifying them, trapped them forever, for centuries to come.
Good night with Diego Velazquez, enjoy the possible best painting of all times!Diego Velazquez was born in Seville in 1599. Between the ages of 11 and 16 he worked as an apprentice to the Mannerist painter, Francisco Pacheco (Still Life and chiaroscuro). Velazquez travelled to Madrid in 1623 and painted a portrait of King Philip IV. The king was delighted and he was appointed the King’s official painter (portraits of the Royal Family). In 1929 Velazquez went to Italy. When he returned to Spain, he was a master!.