Studying Las Meninas
1 Overlay study. Madrid December 2017
2 Elusiveness. The easel blocks the view and generates visual tension.
3 Focal Point. The shadow below the Infanta’s dress pushes her out of the Picture Plane.
4 Light and Movement. The addition of a bright area in the deep foreground pulls the eye deep into the picture moving the eye in and out.
5 Posture. The figures shift their positions in space allowing most of the light to catch the Infanta.
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