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margaritas

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It’s no known secret that being an adolescent sucks. I’m no stranger to that: My seventh grade school picture prominently displays a middle part (secured with heart-shaped bobby pins from Claire’s) above a big ol’ set of braces.

So it goes without saying that my heart breaks for you too, Infanta Margarita because you were just darling in Las Meninas, and well…here, you are…like me, in seventh grade.

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But, at least you grew out of it? (or did you? Debatable, honestly…). Whatever; if you get the title of Holy Roman Empress, you can look go ahead and just live your life.

Top: Portrait of the Infanta from 1659.
Above: Portrait of the Infanta from 1667.

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eggs, anyone?

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I’ll have you know that, no, you aren’t witnessing your brunch being prepared from earlier today. Instead, you’re viewing Old Woman Frying Eggs by Diego Velazquez. It dates from around 1618 (when he was like, 19!), and can be seen at the National Gallery of Scotland.

Remember when I wowed all of you with my lessons on Italian styles of painting? Well, here’s my series (here, here, here, and here). This one’s a primo-ream-oh example of chiaroscuro. Impress your friends with all this wealth of knowledge, thank me later.

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