This award-winning graphic novel is an examination of the mystery surrounding Velazquez’s painting.
In 1656, Diego Velázquez, leading figure in the Spanish Golden Age of painting, created one of the most enigmatic works in the history of art: Las Meninas (The Ladies-in-Waiting). This graphic novel, written and drawn by two of Spain’s most sophisticated comics creators, examines its legacy as one of the first paintings to explore the relationship among the viewer, reality, and unreality. (It guest stars Cano, Salvador Dalí, Zurbarán, and many others.) Olivares’s art moves from clear line to expressionistic; from pen nib to brush stokes; from one color palette to another, as The Ladies-in-Waiting uses fiction to explore the ties among artists and patrons, the past and the present, institutions and audiences, creators and creativity.
About the Author
Santiago Garcia (Trajano Bermúdez) has degrees in journalism and art history from Complutense University of Madrid and the Autonomous University of Madrid, respectively. He is a writer, editor, critic, and translator. He has translated Spanish Spider-Man, X-Men, and Calvin and Hobbes editions, and he’s edited several anthologies.
Javiar Olivares was born in Madrid, and draws comics and illustrations for both children and adults. He started the journal Madriz in the ’80s.
Aspiration, frustration, chance: There's nothing archaic about this tale except the neck ruffs.
The Ladies-in-Waiting is a visually vibrant piece, highly entertaining and engaging, dispensing with all brows (low or high) in order to create a new work of art, done with deep knowledge and appreciation of the subject, all building up to a thoroughly wonderful reading experience.
The Ladies-in-Waiting asks lots of questions about art, the nature of fiction and perception in a series of intelligently, imaginatively constructed sequences that use all the capabilities of comics to move through time and space in a fascinating, beautifully realised piece of work.