On my way back from Australia before changing to the Budapest plane, I spent some hours in London and visited the Picasso-exhibition and of course The Ambassadors replaced to their original spot in the National Gallery (see the note of 9th of December 2008).
The Picasso exhibition (Challenging the Past) in the Sainsbury Wing is about the relationship of Picasso to the tradition of Western art. He painted many variations on well known works of European painting by Delacroix, Pussin, Manet, etc. In 1957 He produced more than 50 variations of Las Meninas by Velázquez. The first and largest piece of this series is exhibited too. A1! It is a pity that the original paintings that inspired Picasso are not here. May be Las Meninas is not borrowable from Prado?
Here is my variation of Las Meninas: My Meninas.
BAD ARTISTS COPY, GOOD ARTISTS STEAL (PABLO PICASSO)