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Las Meninas & Louis Xiv Compared
A comparison of the royal court paintings of Hyacinthe Rigaud (Louis XIV) and Velazques (Las Meninas).
# 141303 | 750 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Art (Painting)

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The paper compares the royal court paintings of Hyacinthe Rigaud (Louis XIV) French Royal Court (1656); and Velazques (Las Meninas) (1701)Spanish Royal Court. The paper examines the perspective, composition and the manner in which the painters communicate the imperial power of their patrons. The paper asserts that Velazquez distinquishes himself by bringing to the viewer's attention a more historical accurate or detailed perspective of the court's hierarchial power structure.

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"Diego Velazquez' monumental "Las Meninas" ("Ladies in Waiting"), of the Spanish Court is often referred to as the best painting in the Western world. Hyacinthe Rigaud's portrait of Louis XIV of the French court helped to definitively shape official portraiture during his reign. The paintings are nearly equal though massive in size measuring 10'5" x 9'5"; and more than 9 feet x almost 8 feet for Louis XIV; and for the sake of argument, both are depictions of royalty. The artists themselves pursue perfection on their own terms, although if we consider transcending political or sovereign purposes as a separate ideal from serving the cause of their..."

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