Creating architecture is not about building houses. It's about imagining and representing space. Space always experienced over time. Always seen from a viewpoint.
And quite possibly occupied by human beings engaged in situations. Living through narratives. Trying to catch your gaze or their own. Negotiating their place in space. Taking it into possession.
This painting is Las Meninas, painted by Velazquez. Read a bit about the angles of mirrors , etc... here.
Dear Dubi has commented: "check out video 89 seconds at Alcazar, by Eve Sussman.
Its a tribute to Diego Valesquez's Las Meninas. really really intriguing work."
Interview with Eve Sussman
This seem to be an ongoing story... Picasso:
and even more at thee Forum ov Psychick Blah.
...My brother has now made me aware of the fact that Foucault in the 1st chapter of The Order of Things has a very thorough discussion of Las Meninas.
And you can download that very chapter as a pdf right HERE