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Las Meninas Revisited

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Abstract:

Las Meninas (LM, for short) by Velasquez is a unique painting that has generated a riddle perplexing viewers for generations. Attempting to make sense of this striking masterpiece were not only artists, art critics and art historians but also philosophers. For its most part, this commentary is based on Shanon (1999) in which a detailed analysis of LM is presented, although some points made here are new. For the sake of brevity, the different protagonists of LM will be named as the presentation proceeds without any introduction or descriptions; the interested reader may consult my earlier paper and the

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: bshanon@mscc.huji.ac.il

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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