Saturday, October 22, 2005

Three Metaphysical Compositions

Today I'll try my hand at constructing a riddle.

These three paintings are alike in an important sense that makes them all "metaphysical compositions".

David Hockney's "Going up Garrowby Hill", 2000.

Giorgio de Chirico's "Metaphysical Composition (Composizione metafisica)", 1914.

Diego Velazquez's "Las Meninas", 1656.

What is that sense?

2 comments:

Jay said...

It seems it must have something to do with the function of the mirror in the Velazquez painting (that we're looking, so to speak, from the eyes of Velazquez as he paints his own reflection in a wall-sized mirror).

Am I on the right track?

Thomas Basbøll said...

Yes.