Sunday, February 11, 2007

Paintings I Like, pt. 2

Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, 1656. Oil on canvas, 125" x 109."

My wife and I were in Madrid recently and I finally got to see "Las Meninas" in the flesh. It's as good as everyone says it is, and so strange. There is almost nothing in the top half of the picture; just that mysterious, smokey air that Velazquez painted so convincingly.