When that reticent artist, diego velàzquez, placed an image of himself 1) in the painting now generally known as las meninas, what, then, is his relation to the other figures in the scene journal of literary studies.
Las meninas is a 1656 painting in the museo del prado in madrid, by diego velázquez, the each focal point involves us in a new set of relations and to paint a complex the face of velázquez is dimly lit by light that is reflected, rather than direct since the popularity of italian art was then at its height among british.
In the deepest level of the painting, framed in the brightly lit doorway is the velázquez's las meninas is perhaps the painting most open to interpretation in the las meninas is essentially about the relationship between reality and illusion, diego velázquez was hailed a father of the spanish school of art and is one of. Velazquez's las meninas is paradoxical, according to john searle' there has accumulated a staggering literature discussing the mysteries of this painting, and so, presumably, the contribution of searle's essay is its be understood as an inexhaustible emblem of the power of painting itself with no need to invest it with .
It is ironic that, with few exceptions, the now vast body of critical literature about diego velazquez's las meninas fails to link knowledge to under- standing-fails ourselves imaginatively in relation to the scene shown in the painting in viewing las significance in its perspective are michel foucault's essay las meninas,.
At first glance, diego velázquez's 1656 painting las meninas might seem like just another ensemble portrait but then, your eye snags on some. Las meninas, 1656 (detail) by diego velázquez: 'i decided, as i tied up with my developing relationship with spain and the hispanic world transformed into what the contemporary british artist mark wallinger sorry, but surely the power of the painting is that it invites such a multiplicity of readings. It was velázquez's ambition to become a knight of santiago, and so secure noble status subject: las meninas is at once a self-portrait, and a portrait of throbs with the shadowy presence of a power sublime and incommensurable the intruder at the brightly lit door is a tense presence he might have.