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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A painting within a painting is a painting painted in another painting. An early example is Gabrielle d'Estrées et une de ses soeurs by an unknown artist of the School of Fontainebleau, the painting within a painting is in the center top. Another example is The Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his gallery in Brussels[1] by David Teniers the Younger, in which Teniers documented the archduke's collection of paintings while he was court painter in Brussels; see gallery painting.

In the back of The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer can be seen a painting of the Roman Charity, consistent with his habit of putting paintings within paintings.

In Magritte's The Human Condition, the cover-up appears in the form a painting within a painting. Magritte had this to say of his 1933 work:

"In front of a window seen from inside a room, I placed a painting representing exactly that portion of the landscape covered by the painting. Thus, the tree in the picture hid the tree behind it, outside the room. For the spectator, it was both inside the room within the painting and outside in the real landscape."

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