Diego Velázquez’ 1656 painting Las Meninas is truly an enigmatic painting. The high water-mark of the Spanish Golden Age, toying with the appearance of reality and the creation of illusion, Las Meninas brokers an uncertain relationship between subject and viewer. This complex painting has been much analysed, and features the daughter of the King of Spain surrounded by her retinue, all huddled together and oblivious to the artist. Currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Las Meninas is a self-portrait, a figurative reproduction of the King’s daughter, the Infanta Margarita Teresa, a court genre scene, capturing the fascinating visage of the court dwarfs Maribárbola and Nicolasito Pertusato, and a regal portrait – the mirror on the back wall reflects the looming figures of the King and Queen. One of the many subjects of the painting, the young Infanta, cuts a captivating figure. She is self-aware, caught in a fleeting performance of adulthood, prefiguring the life that is ahead of her. The court dwarves, employed as figures of amusement, appear sullen and uncomfortable at their depiction. Yet most importantly there is an air of ominousness, a distinctive presence of danger that is very hard to pinpoint and even more difficult to describe.
Family life appears to have been interrupted by the presence of the painter, and a uncomfortable energy permeates the space as each member of the retinue gazes inquisitively in a different direction. Velázquez’ reproduction of this contested space is like a puzzle set within a visual labyrinth, with the unknown figure at the door hinting at the mysterious and lonely expanse of the palace beyond the sitters. This mysterious work brims with an inquisitive energy and is an allegory of the analytical nature of art and infused with the ever-problematic and ever-contested space of vision.
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