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RonChrisleyPaintinganExperienceLasMeninas,ConsciousnessandtheAestheticModePaintingsareusuallypaintingsofthings:aroominapalace,aprin-cess,adog.Butwhatwoulditbetopaintnotthosethings,buttheexperienceofseeingthosethings?LasMeninasissufficientlysophis-ticatedandmasterfullyexecutedtohelpusexplorethisquestion.Ofcourse,therearemanykindsofpaintings:someabstract,someconceptual,somewithmoretraditionalsubjects.Letusstartwithafocusonnaturalisticallydepictivepaintings:paintingsthataimtocauseanexperienceintheviewerthatissimilartotheexperiencetheviewer(orsomeoneelse)mighthaveweretheytosee,inawaynotmediatedbypaint,thesubjectofthepainting.Ofcourse,manyorevenmostpaintingsdonotstrictlyadheretothisaim;indeed,theirart-istryandexpressivenessoftenconsistinthewaysinwhichthisaimissubverted.Forexample,noviewerofthescenethatLasMeninasdepicts—notevenKingPhilipIVandQueenMarianathemselves—wouldseewhatVelasquezpaintsinthemirroronthebackwall.Otherartists,suchasEscherandMagritte,areevenmoreblatantintheirtransgressionof...