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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mugshot 68: Double Portrait, Queen Marianna and Jean
I went to the Meadows Museum in Dallas to see the Velazquez show. There were only a few paintings, I think the show specified they were early court paintings. The jewel of the show was the Phillip IV, I'm not certain of his number, and he was painted when Velazquez was 24 years old. When I compared those early paintings with what I know of V.'s later ones, I could see and understand the difference. The early paintings, although beautiful and ambitious, were without the poetry and breath of the later ones. I did turn a corner though and stumble on my friend, Queen Marianna, and so I got a little shot of the two of us.