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Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

BonheurPlowing in the Nivernais

Bonheur, The Horse Fair

Book of Kells

Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights

Botticelli Primavera

Caravaggio, Fashion and Art History

CaravaggioConversion of St. Paul

Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

Caravaggio, Cardsharps and Fortune Teller

Caravaggio, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy

Caravaggio, Taking of Christ (Kiss of Judas)

Caravaggio Paintings at the Villa Borghese

Cave Paintings

Cezanne, Bathers

Cezanne, Card Players

Cezanne, Most Famous Paintings 

Copley, Paul Revere

David, Death of Marat 

David, Death of Socrates

David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

de Kooning, Retrospective at MoMA (Part I)

de Kooning,Excavation and Painting, 1948 

de KooningWoman I

Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People  

Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

Duccio, Maesta

Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

Durer, The Four Apostles

Dutch Painters at the Frick Collection, 2013-2014 Show

El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting 

Ghent Altarpiece.  

Ghent Altarpiece via zoom

GiorgioneThree Philosophers 

Goya, Family of Charles IV

Goya, The Third of May 1808 

Goya, Duchess of Alba; Saturn Devouring his Son; Two Old Men; Half-Submerged Dog; Black Paintings

Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece

Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Civic Guard

Hals, The Laughing Cavalier

Hals, Regents of St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Hopper, Nighthawks

Ingres, Grande Odalisque and Portrait of Madame Moissetier

Isenheim Altarpiece

Kahlo, Renowned Frida Kahlo Paintings.  

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting and David Garrick.  

Klimt, The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer

Leonardo, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London 

Leonardo, La Bella Principessa 

Leonardo, New Mona Lisa

Leonardo, Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta 

Leonardo, Savior of the World(Salvator Mundi) 

Leonardo, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Leyster, Famous Female Painters 

ManetA Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Manet, Luncheon in the Studio

Manet, The Old Musician

Manet, Street Singer

MantegnaDead Christ

Matisse Paintings, In Search of True Painting

Matisse, The DanceThe Music

Matisse, The Cone Collection

Matisse, The Red Studio

Matisse, The Yellow Dress

Michelangelo, Crucifixion with the Madonna

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Michelangelo, St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Modersohn-Becker, Famous Female Painters

Monet, Waterlilies

Morisot, Famous Paintings

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Munch, The Scream

O'Keeffe, Jack in the Pulpit

Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror

Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Picasso, Las Meninas

Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ

Horace Pippin.  Life and Work

Poussin, Assumption of the Virgin

Raphael, Sistine Madonna

Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 

Rembrandt, Night Watch

Rembrandt paintings at Frick Show

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait at an Early AgeJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, The Jewish Bride

Rembrandt, The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild

Rubens, Venus and Adonis

Sanchez Cotan, Spanish Still-life

Sargent, El Jaleo

Sargent, Madame X

Sargent, Smoke of Ambergris

Steen, The Christening Feast 

Steen paintings at Frick Show

Tanner, The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor

Titian, Assumption of the Virgin

Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne

Titian, Man with a Glove

Titian, Nymph and Shepherd, Allegory of Prudence, Jacopa Strada, St. Jerome, Slaying of Marysas

Titian, Rape of Europa

Turner, J. M. W, The Fighting Temeraire

Uccello, Battle of San Romano

van der Weyden, St. Luke Drawing the Virgin

van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait

van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb

van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

van Gogh, Patience Escalier

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van Gogh, Starry Night

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Overview of works and life of Diego Velazquez 

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Velazquez, Juan de Pareja

Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer, Saint Praxedis

Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid

Vermeer, The Allegory of Painting

VermeerGirl with the Red Hat

Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans

Warhol, Marilyn Diptych and Gold Marilyn 

Warhol, Mao 

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Picasso Paintings: Las Meninas


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velazquez las meninas resized 600Although the youthful famous paintings by Picasso are touted by the Picasso museum in Barcelona, I think the Picasso paintings titled Las Meninas are the real masterpieces there.

Picasso, who didn't shrink from measuring himself against famous painters from other art periods, explored and interpreted famous paintings by Courbet, Manet, El Greco, and Velazquez

Diego Velazquez.  Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor), 1656.  Oil on canvas, 10'5" by 9'  Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Between August and September of 1957, Picasso delved into a thorough analysis of Las Meninas, one of the most celebrated Velazquez paintings.  His interpretative analysis of Velazquez' Las Meninas yielded the 58 Picasso paintings that comprise the Picasso Las Meninas series. Picasso commented: 

If anyone were to try to copy Las Meninas in complete good faith, and for example, got to a certain point - and if I were the copier - I would say to myself, "If I just put this a little more to the right or left?". I would try to do it my own way, forgetting about Velazquez.

picasso las meninas resized 600In each of these Picasso paintings, it's fascinating to observe which elements of the Velazquez Las Meninas Picasso preserved and which he altered. 

Among the more prominent changes by Picasso are:

  • altering the picture format from vertical to horizontal, and

  • opening the windows on the right which Velazquez had painted closed. 

In Las Meninas (Group), Picasso retains the two groups from the Velazquez Las Meninas:

1. Agustina de Sarmiento and the Infanta Margaritz, and

2. the trio of Isabel de Velasco, Maribarbola and Nicolasito in the right foreground. His variation here is nearly stripped of all color, turning this famous painting into grisaille.

Pablo Picasso.  Las Meninas (Group), 1957.  Oil on canvas, approx. 6'4" by 8'6".  Museo Picasso, Barcelona.

Picasso reinstates color in subsequent variations on Las Meninas as he explores studies of  picasso las meninas group resized 600

Pablo Picasso.  Las Meninas (Group), 1957.  Oil on canvas, approx. 6'4" by 8'6".  Museu Picasso, Barcelona.

the intact groups Velazquez presented; in other Picasso paintings, he delves into individual portraits and portraits of each of the trios. 

It's a marvel to see this entire ensemble of Picasso paintings in one place... while it's nearly incomprehensible that Picasso completed his Las Meninas paintings in only four months.

las meninas detail resized 600 If you, too, are lucky enough to view these Picasso paintings... let us know how you like his riff on Velazquez!

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"Good artist's copy, great artist's steal"-Picasso. This is a great lesson for those first initiated into the world of art history. After all, Picasso was inspired by Ancient Egypt and African art to invent cubism.
Posted @ Thursday, August 05, 2010 6:53 AM by Brian Buckley
Where does the original Velazquez hang?
Posted @ Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:25 PM by R
The Velazquez painting, Las Meninas, is at the Prado in Madrid. Susan Benford
Posted @ Friday, April 22, 2011 12:38 PM by Susan Benford
This series of paintings is my favorite of all Picasso's work, and truly is the great highlight of an otherwise unremarkable collection. However I'd say that another reason to visit the Bcn Picasso Museo would be to see the restrained, tasteful and often beautiful renovation undertaken to house the collection. I apologize for not knowing the architect, however it's so worth seeing if you're in Barcelona.
Posted @ Sunday, December 25, 2011 11:19 PM by george arnold
I concur that this series of Picasso paintings steals the show in the Barcelona museum.  
You're right that the building is stunning and the renovation quite successful. The museum's site says that the five palaces or townhouses which comprise the museum were constructed in the 13th - 15th centuries, and serve as a great example of "Catalan civic gothic style".  
But nary a mention of the architect for any of these buildings! As the daughter of an architect, I know how often this oversight occurs. 
Posted @ Monday, December 26, 2011 2:34 PM by Susan Benford
I was lucky to see both portraits in a special exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, in London when I lived there for some months. Today, I could revisit Velazquez paintings on a discussion about Art History at University. 
It's curious that, when I saw Velazquez's painting I could just remind of the strong feelings I had for Picasso's review, which appalled me in a way I don't even know how to explain.
Posted @ Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:19 AM by Daniel
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