Write a DETAILED DESCRIPTION of Velázquez’ composition (Figure 21.1: Diego Velázquez. Las Meninas; 1656; oil on canvas). Remember that for a description, you need to mention all figures and objects in the work as well as the space depicted, plus, you are required to explain how figures, objects and space relate to one another (e.g., What is in the foreground? What is in the middle ground? What is in the background? For instance, where is the easel with the large-sized painting in relationship to the persons depicted? etc.). Use the enlargement of the Wikipedia image online to see the details of the room as well as of the people, such as the facial expressions.
Before describing the work, you need to read the information about the painting in your textbook and expand your freshly gained knowledge with reading additional REPUTABLE online articles. It is required that you understand the contents of the image in its context! For instance: Who is in the image? What is the role of each person? Where exactly does the scene take place? Why are all figures looking into the viewer’s direction? Your descriptive paragraph should consist of a minimum of 100 words.
In addition to the descriptive paragraph, you need to write a paragraph that explains in detail how the artist depicted the space in this work. The actual room appears to go beyond the picture frame on both sides as well as in the back and in the front. Which compositional elements indicate this expansion to the viewer? Your additional explanatory paragraph should have a minimum of at least 50 words indicating the evidence of the room enlargement beyond the frame within the painting.