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Have any artists painted a picture within a picture within a picture? It can be any...

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xlydiab | eNoter

Posted February 2, 2009 at 11:57 AM via web

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Have any artists painted a picture within a picture within a picture?

It can be any media and any artist! Just a picture in a picture in a picture! Or anything similar that pops into your mind!

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM (Answer #2)

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Sure, that's happened. It is fairly common in some genres, especially popular genres. The easiest examples can be seen in the work of M. C. Escher or the cartoonist Charles Adams. Escher created images in which image and reality blended together, and sometimes layered things as you were asking about. Adams—the guy who created the Adams Family—did this in cartoons. He had people looking into mirrors, and image within image within image, except that somewhere in the middle, there were be one that was different. Impossible, scary, and fun.

http://www.mcescher.com/

http://www.charlesaddams.com/

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hsato | eNotes Employee

Posted February 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM (Answer #3)

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The painting Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez depicts what can be seen as 3 separate paintings within one frame.

At first we see that it is a painting of the Spanish court.

Upon closer inspection it appears that the artist has also created a portrait of himself in the doorway looking out toward the audience. Is it a reflection of him painting the Spanish court or is he painting a subject beyond the pictorial space?

A third portrait of the royal couple appears as a reflection in the mirror.

 

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 9, 2009 at 11:55 AM (Answer #4)

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My favorite is Stephen Colbert's self-portrait, a great parody of some of the art mentioned above.  It actually hung in the Smithsonian!

Check it out here.

 

 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 9, 2009 at 12:07 PM (Answer #5)

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There's Norman Rockwell's self-portrait, where he paints himself painting himself while looking into a mirror.

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/R/rockwell/rockwell_self.jpg.html

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xlydiab | eNoter

Posted February 19, 2009 at 8:49 AM (Answer #6)

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The Stephen Colbert and Norman Rockwell portraits are brilliant! :) ... more ideas are welcome too! thanks!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM (Answer #7)

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I like Velasquez' Las Meninas.  If you are interested, Carlos Fuentes has an amazing description of how the "picture within a picture" concept can serve as a metaphor for Spanish history, as well as the history of America.  This can be found in his work entitled The Buried Mirror. It is a wonderful expression of an talented work of art.

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arrellbelle | TA , College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM (Answer #8)

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From what i'm understanding and from what i've already learned in the past, there are many artists out there who incorporate a technique called, optical illusions. An artist will paint what seems to be a landscape; however, when another person views it, the landscape will create a picture of a face. A famous artist is the Ukranian, Oleg Shuplyak.

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