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The Household of Philip IV, 'Las Meninas'

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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One of the most celebrated images in the history of Western art, this composition takes its name from the handmaidens of the Infanta Margarita (1651–1673), daughter of Philip IV of Spain, and Mariana of Austria. Velázquez, the painter of the original work, depicts himself next to the handmaidens accompanied by two dwarves in the foreground, one of whom kicks the dog (reputedly a descendant of the Lyme mastiff given to Philip III) out of the way of the entering royal couple.

National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster


Date

1656–1677

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 142 x W 122 cm

Accession number

1257140

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981

Work type

Painting


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National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA England

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