Self Portrait 1 by Joan Miró (1937-1938)

Self Portrait 1 by Joan Miró

A pastel confection, Self Portrait 1 by Joan Miró gives us a glimpse into the master’s psyche. Miró created a semblance of himself with pencil, pastel, and a bit of oil paint. But it stands out among other self portraits thanks to Miró’s constellation imagery, symbolism, and exaggeration. A Catalan artist native to Barcelona, Miró …

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Juan de Pareja by Diego Velázquez

Juan de Pareja by Velazquez

What makes the Juan de Pareja by Diego Velázquez an important painting?

– The enslaved artist follows us with his eyes
– A lace collar tops a soldier’s ensemble
– Preparation for the Pope’s portrait