In 1656, Diego Velázquez painted Las Meninas (The Maids of Honor) in the court of King Philip IV. The painting extends the illusionary space of its image by establishing a fixed position for the live viewer in relation to the work's flat surface. In 1672, at the age of 21, Princess Margarita died.
In 1968, Stanley Kubrick released the science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The film centers on the interactions between human beings and a group of scaleless, though consistently proportioned (9:4:1), black magnetic monoliths. In 1999, at the age of 70, Stanley Kubrick died.
In 2001, The Bruce High Quality Foundation was formed in New York City. The Foundation honors the legacy of the social sculptor, Bruce High Quality, through the instigation of confrontations between cold hard fiction and cold hard fact. In 2001, Bruce High Quality died.