Velazquez Las Meninas (detail) One of the most fascinating puzzles in the history of western art. We don't understand half of what is going on here.
Las Meninas (Velazquez) - Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso, "La infanta Margarita" del cuadro Las Meninas, 1957. Museo Picasso, Barcelona.
Portrait of the Infanta Maria Teresa future Queen Marie Therese of France - Diego Velazquez. Details to relish; the looped silver decoration on the upper skirt, the spring of the ribbons holding the watch and locket and the hand crumpling the handkerchief. All magical.
Left: 'Empress' (2003) by Japanese born, Seattle based ceramic sculptor Akio Takamori (b.1950). Hand-built, stoneware, 53 x 23 x 17 in. Right: 'Queen' (2003), Hand-built, stoneware, 42 x 32 x 17 in. via James Harris Gallery