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Masterpieces of Western Painting : Velazquez's 'Las Meninas' - Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt

Masterpieces of Western Painting

Velazquez's 'Las Meninas'

Paperback Published: 27th March 2003
ISBN: 9780521804882
Number Of Pages: 236

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Velazquez's Las Meninas was sequestered in the Spanish royal collections from 1656, when it was painted, until the opening of the Museo del Prado in 1819. From that moment, it has been one of the most famous masterpieces of western painting, inspiring many published studies of its remarkable perspectival construction and of its iconography, as well as challenging later generations of artists, from Pablo Picasso to the present. The essays in this volume provide an introduction to the reception history and the critical fortunes of a painting that has received an avalanche of attention from art critics and art historians, geometricians, philosophers, photographers and semioticians. Together, the six essays trace the discussion of Las Meninas through two centuries providing the reader with a sense of the history of taste and of the ever-fluctuating parameters of art appreciation, history, criticism and theory.

"Essential..to any library on Hispanic art." CAA Reviews "... contributes significantly to an understanding of the roles of Velazquez and his most celebrated work in modern artistic discourse." Seventeenth-Century News "...a 'must-read'." The Art Book

Introduction Las Meninas: the theology of painting
The aura of a masterpiece: 19th-century responses to Las Meninas in France and Spain}
Las Meninas at
'Why drag in Velásquez?': Realism, aestheticism, and the American response to
Las Meninas as representation
Velásquez and the twentieth century
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ISBN: 9780521804882
ISBN-10: 0521804884
Series: Masterpieces of Western Painting
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 27th March 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33