Bewitched by a bodegón scene

Diego Velasquez, An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618. National Gallery of Scotland

Larissa says: “I surprised myself. I am a museum educator and have also taught dozens of college level art history courses covering all periods of art history. I had admired this image by Velasquez in books and in slides. But standing in front the actual painting — seeing its sheer size and the quality and complexity of its composition for the very first time in person — was such an intense experience. I was caught up in its humanity and its history—this work of a young artist from Seville chronicling the life of the market (a bodegón scene) — it overwhelmed me and brought me to tears, something I am not sure has ever happened to me in front of a painting before.
I think it was the beauty of the piece and also my complete gratitude for being able to witness a work that will go back to Scotland and which I will probably never get to see again. “