When you're walking through the silence of a white-walled art gallery and you stop to read the brief description next to a painting, it will tell you the when, where and who of it. It can be easy to miss the enormity of what's going on in some of those paintings. Recently I read that when Pablo Picasso was seventy five, he painted 58 versions of a 17th century painting by Velázquez: Las Meninas. Fifty eight!! What fascinated him so? It piqued my interest to delve a little further... and what interesting research it was, I ended up writing a piece on it. Life before Facebook: Re-branding reality, it's been going on forever! The corresponding craft activity for aged care residents will be a Las Meninas inspired napkin holder.
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