Velázquez: Las Mininas

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Diego Velázquez Las Meninas, 1656, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado Las Meninas is Velázquez’ most famous and enigmatic work and one of the great masterpieces of western art We are observing a large room, perhaps the main chamber, the Cuarto del Príncipe, in the Alcazar in Madrid. Due to a description by Antonio Palomino published […]

Claude: Landscape with the Ponte Molle

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Claude Loraine Landscape with the Ponte Molle, 1645, Birmingham, Museum and Art Gallery This is one of Claude’s most sublime paintings of the Roman campagna. The scene is suffused with the glorious golden light of the setting sun prompting a delicious yearning to experience such a view on such an evening. This is at the […]