80 Koning en koningin“When the viewer stands in the position that the king and queen occupy in order to be reflected in the mirror, the oft mentioned conceit is that the common viewer then, indeed, becomes royal - worthy of veneration and respect. Is that what Velazquez is saying? Yes, that and more: If you and I (The King and Queen) are at the top of the vanishing point, then - taking into consideration the position of the other figures in the painting and their supposed social importance - the conceit does not hold and the social pyramid collapses. This, I believe, is the meaning Velazquez intended to convey”
81 Plaats schilder Domineert schilderij ME: niemand ondertekent schilderijPas in RenaissanceVelázquez: gaat verderZichzelf voorstellen in werkEchte positie van artiest in maatschappij
82 Geen gevolgen ? Moet intenties verbergen (cfr. Cervantes: metafoor) Felipe IV + Olivares: milit. en econ. rampKoning verwacht geen subversieve motieven
86 Portret Felipe Próspero "Given the chair in the rigid semiotics of courtly etiquette in Spain, something is being conveyed beyond the fact that spoiled dogs climb into furniture in which courtiers would not dare to sit. Some metaphysical joke? Or the suggestion that dogs hold some rank in nature higher than slaves or even courtiers: All I know is that a dog in a chair is not innocent naturalism.“Arthur C. Danto, prof. Filosofie (Columbia)
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