Las Meninas, Spanish for the maids of honor, is considered to be one of the most important, and most analyzed, paintings in Western art. The painting depicts a scene from the Madrid palace of King Philip IV of Spain. The painting is currently held at the Museo del Prado, which is the main Spanish art museum. It is recognized as the most important piece in the museum and thousands of visitors come to see it every day. Let’s take a look at who painted this famous work of art.
Who painted Las Meninas?
Las Meninas was painted in 1656 by the famous Spanish painted Diego Velázquez. He began working for King Philip IV in 1623 and quickly became the leading artist in the King’s court of. He was not a prolific painter although he did paint other pictures, including many notable people, but Las Meninas is considered to be his masterpiece.
Did you know?
The painting was damaged by fire in 1734 and had to be restored. It also underwent restoration in the 19th century. It was cleaned in 1984 to remove the layer of dust that had built up on the picture. This cleaning was successful, however, many people were angry about this because it changed the look of the painting.
The painting has the following dimensions: 318 cm × 276 cm (125.2 in × 108.7 in).