Portrait of Mariana of Austria is a 1652 or 1653 oil-on-canvas painting
by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age. Its
subject, Dona Mariana (known as Maria Anna), was the daughter of Emperor
Ferdinand III and Maria Anna of Spain, and was nineteen years old when
the painting was completed. Although vivacious and fun-loving in life,
she is given an unhappy expression in Velázquez's portrait. The
painting is bathed in harmonious shades of black and red, and her face
is heavily made up. Her right hand rests on the back of a chair, and she
holds a lace handkerchief in her left hand. Her bodice is decorated with
jewellery, including a gold necklace, bracelets and a large gold brooch.
The clock placed on the scarlet drapery behind her indicates her status.
Three full-length versions of the portrait survive, as well as a number
of half-length variants. The version in the Museo del Prado (detail
pictured) is known to be the original and is dated on the basis of a
matching description of a canvas sent to Ferdinand in Vienna in
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English courtier and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was executed
in London after King James I reinstated a fifteen-year-old death
sentence against him.
Arab–Israeli War: As the Israel Defense Forces captured the
Palestinian Arab village of Safsaf, they massacred at least 52
A C-46 airliner carrying the Cal Poly Mustangs football team
crashed during takeoff from Toledo Express Airport in Ohio, U.S.,
resulting in 22 deaths.
The first phase of the Marmaray project (train pictured) opened
with an undersea rail tunnel across the Bosphorus strait.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (uncountable) Signs, particularly those imparting commercial,
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2. (countable, chiefly India, elsewhere regarded as nonstandard) A
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A wise man ought not to desire to inhabit that country where men
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