A-Level: Baroque portraits

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Las Meninas - detail
This puzzling painting about painting is half genre scene, half family portrait. But what’s on the large canvas?

Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas

Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV-detail
Royal portraitists negotiated between historical accuracy and ideal form. Here, Rigaud flatters the aging king.

Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV