There have been dozens of interpretations of Las Meninas but most critics assume that either the Royal couple, or their portrait in the Velazquez's large canvas shown in the picture, is actually reflected on a back mirror. I shall provide evidence, however, to support the view that this mirror never existed. And there is no evidence whatsoever that the double portrait was ever painted. In view of these facts I shall make a new proposal about the way the picture was painted and about the painter's intentions. I shall show evidence that the king was adamant that he did not want his portrait painted, since he did not want to show his age (he was more than double the age of his queen). It is thus reasonable to assume that Velázquez, in order to assuage the King's qualms, created the mirror, thus allowing him to produce a very diffuse picture of the royal couple, where no evidence of aging could possibly be discerned.
Mari Bárbola ( María Bárbara Asquín) de origen alemán. Mari Bárbola era una enana hidrocéfala que a la muerte de su señora, la condesa de Villerbal y Walther, pasó a formar parte del servicio de palacio con paga, raciones y cuatro libras de nieve durante el verano.
Es indiscutible que el sevillano Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) es uno de los más grande pintores de todos los tiempos. Formado en el taller de Francisco de Herrera el Viejo y en Italia y posteriormente pintor real, sus pinturas son algunas de las más brillantes del periodo barroco. Las Meninas, de Velázquez Pero, como todo genio –lo mismo le sucede a Leonardo da Vinci-, sus obras presentan ciertos rasgos enigmáticos en cuanto a su intención y significado. Y, entre ellas, quizá la más problemática sea Las Meninas, que representa, en una primera contemplación, a la Infanta Margarita de Austria junto a sus …
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