The painting is also known under the title "Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus" and has the dimensions of 55 cm x 118 cm. Velázquez was born in Seville, Spain, and served as court painter to Philip IV During his creative life he was one of the greatest painters of the Siglo de Oro, the Golden Age of Spain. He died at the age of 61 in Madrid, Spain.
The story OF the painting "The Kitchen Scene"
In the painting we see a dark-skinned woman as a kitchen maid in a room slightly bent leaning against a table. It seems as they watch a bowl that's about to fall off the table. In the background you can see two men dine. Over the left person hovers a halo; the scene is reminiscent of Jesus at the Last Supper.
The art theft of Diego Velázquez's painting "La mulata"
In 1986, Russ Borough House of Martin Cahill, the former underworld boss of Dublin attacked and 12 other accomplices. They stole 18 paintings, including works by Vermeer, Metsu, Goya, Gainsborough and Rubens. Martin Cahill was shot dead on 18 August 1994 by the IRA.
On 26 June 2001, the Borough Russ House was again the scene for an art robbery. This time, drove several masked with a jeep-like car against the front door and entered the house. After they stole 16 priceless paintings, she set fire to her car and demanded a motorist on them to give his car. When refused, they fled on foot.
After all these incidents part of the Beit Collection from the Russborough House at the National Gallery in Dublin was passed. This is where most art of the old masters can be seen in the permanent exhibition in a specially created Beit Wing.
Source and related links:
The painter Diego Velazquez
The painting La Mulata (The Kitchen Maid) by Diego Velázquez
Ross Borough Art Thefts: Four art thefts in the Ross Borough House history
Mobsters in the Manor House: The Art Thefts of the Ross Borough House
NY Times: Paintings by Vermeer and Goya Are Recovered 7 Years After Theft (16.09.1993)