5) Although Las Meninas remains Diego Velazquez’s most celebrated painting, an equally compelling work¾completed near the end of his career and titled The Spinners, Las Hilanderas, or The Fable of Arachne, 1655-1660¾is equally complex. Analyze recent scholarship on the work and consider if (like Las Meninas) it might function as a commentary on painting. Alternatively, contextualize a bodegón by Velazquez among others by Spanish artists, or as part of a pan-continental rise in genre painting visible in one or more other countries.
6) Analyze and contextualize Rembrandt van Rijn’s 1665 painting entitled Portrait of a Lady with a Lap Dog, preserved in the Art Gallery of Ontario, against other portraits created throughout his career.
7) Analyze and contextualize Cornelis de Vos’s 1625 painting Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple, preserved in the Art Gallery of Ontario, against other paintings from de Vos’s oeuvre or the broader art-historical trends of early seventeenth-century Flanders. How might the painting collapse categories of painting into one composition? N.b. you may not be able to find scholarship on this exact painting, but you can find scholarship on this specific artist.