Prado Museum: Velázquez and Las Meninas with Dr. Marta López Beriso

Prado Museum: Velázquez and Las Meninas with Dr. Marta López Beriso


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If Velázquez knew that his gift to King Philip IV, the human-sized canvas known today as “Las Meninas”, is the most visited at the Prado Museum, he might have mixed feelings. On the one hand, he may have been embarrassed because his painting was meant to be seen by one person only: the king himself. On the other hand, he would have been pleased to see that his “illusionistic” technique was so much admired through the centuries by such a large number of people.

In this conversation, we will analyze what is going on in this magnificent piece of artwork. Our art historian will help to translate the painting for the viewer whilst exploring the historical narrative that goes alongside Las Meninas. Why did Velázquez portray himself with the royal family? What is the intended message in Las Meninas? Why is this piece of art so renowned? We’ll learn more about Velázquez’s personal claim to the King and his ultimate goal with the creation of this painting as well as the King’s reaction to this celebrated artwork. We’ll also talk about Velázquez’s thinking behind the role of the artist in proving that creativity and art is not manual work, moreover intellectual talent.

Led by an expert on Art History, Marta López Beriso, this interactive seminar will carefully approach the meanings of Las Meninas by describing the visual elements, offering a tool for enjoying art in general. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased interest and knowledge about the Prado Museum Collection and Spanish History.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Superb!

The lecturer was superb. Her presentation was clear and enlightening. this complex painting from multiple perspectives, but never loses the student.

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Very clever presentation about a very intriguing painting

A really thoughtful and thought-provoking presentation about a deliberately elusive and clever .picture!

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terrific choice of topics. something for everyone.

R
R.

Great subjects and knowledgeable presenters.

S
S.

It is a great way to escape from the drudgery of daily life at a time when we cannot travel

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
93%
(14)
7%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.
Superb!

The lecturer was superb. Her presentation was clear and enlightening. this complex painting from multiple perspectives, but never loses the student.

S
S.
Very clever presentation about a very intriguing painting

A really thoughtful and thought-provoking presentation about a deliberately elusive and clever .picture!

B
B.

terrific choice of topics. something for everyone.

R
R.

Great subjects and knowledgeable presenters.

S
S.

It is a great way to escape from the drudgery of daily life at a time when we cannot travel