*if you are doing some sort of school project and ended up here, please note i cannot guarantee that any of this information below is even remotely accurate!
title | velazquez
artist | las meninas (which i'm pretty sure in spanish means "the girls." which is a terrible title for a painting but also entirely accurate in this case.
date | golly me i have no idea - mid 1600's?
medium | oil paint
art historical period | i don't know - baroque?
three facts | i actually really like this work - i'm not sure why as i try not to like artwork that is suuuuper popular for no reason but this one is kind of special. i remember that it was entirely unique at this time to have the painter put himself into what was supposed to be a portrait of nobility girls. the artist has painted the piece from the perspective of the parents (a king and queen?) - you can see them reflected in the mirror at the back. the little girl with the unique face is there for one of two reasons, i can't remember which. i recall something about children who looked like this (i.e. with down's syndrome) being hired as somewhat of a "play toy" for royal children. or, this is actually a playmate of the blonde child in the centre, but her looks were quite common because of all the family members who continued to marry each other and reproduce in order to maintain a royal bloodline. my notes tell me that diego is one of the very first to play with impressionism rather than capturing absolute form...but you have to see close ups to note this.
i'm really excited this week to go read more about the work and see how right/wrong i am - i know that this painting is tightly packed with various meanings.
title | las meninas
artist | diego velázquez
date | 1656
medium | oil on canvas
art historical period | wow...i'm right! "baroque...[but] a model for realist and impressionist painters.