Las Meninas (The Maids of Honour)
Diego Velázquez - 1656-1657
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In the last years of his life Velázquez did some of his most important works, whose meanings are not completely clear even today. The painting of 'Las Meninas', or to be more precise, 'The Family of Philip IV', is really a studio sitting attended by the royal family and court staff in 1656. The painter, clearly recognizable as Velázquez and wearing his decoration as Knight of the Order of Santiago (included at the King's insistence), has paused in his task, perhaps because the child's parents have entered the room, as the mirror in the background tells us. But what is really behind this seemingly accidental scene?
Owner/Location: Museo Nacional del Prado  (Spain - Madrid)
Dates: 1656-1657
Artist age:Approximately 58 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 318 cm (125.2 in.), Width: 276 cm (108.66 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member rocsdad on 18 June 2003.
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