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    Rembrandt portraits converge and meet in dead serious gaze of deceased in Dr.Deyman Anatomy Lesson sprung from it including late self portraits. Obvious in his portrait of poet Jeremiah Bekker (1666). Cartesian cogito of self-inclusion.

    Velázquez different panoramic eyes. Vanishing point does not suggest penetrating gaze panoramic eyes are surrounded. Rabbits have surround eyes for synoptic vision since ready run. Velázquez rabbit eyes but at ease in center of unpredictable change excluding even idea of being in the center of anything.

    Strange bird among his portraits smudged face of Venus in mirror as well as double portrait of royal spouses in mirror of Las Meninas, phantom portraits ghost portraits beyond reach of Deyman dissection for example. Do not recognize therefore exist.


    Rembrandt eyes wide open Velázquez not. Does not mean closed but sealed person on guard. So much so not even long sittings loosen up air of reservation in process of registering all kinds of peripheral information. Polygraph Velázquez and Giacometti have that much in common learn to know increasingly less about their model by spending time with them.


    Rembrandt looked right into eyes of his model leaving periphery vague and fading would never spy on people.


    What is theme of Surrender of Breda? Commemoration of boy soldier got splinter under nail? Synoptic seeing does not stick to hierarchy. Velázquez.


    Velázquez neither Breughel charted panorama nor Rubens wave of motion into depth, has neither Dürer focus or Leonardo geo-stratification. No instruction guiding beholder pick a way.