Velazquez, once described by Manet as “the painters’ painter” and one of Spain’s most beloved artists, painted “Las Meninas” (The Ladies-in-Waiting or Maids of Honour) in 1656 while he was painter for the Court of Felipe IV. You can see it; you SHOULD see it, in the Prado Museum. Go just for that even – I could look at this large and complex work for ages.
Since April 15th, the streets of Madrid have played host to 80 fiberglass Meninas, inspired by this masterpiece and created by Venezuelan artist Antonio Azzato. These 1.8m tall, 30 kilo beauties have each been decorated by a different artist, designer, singer, actor or creative celebrity, to represent what Madrid means for each creator. Unfortunately, they forgot to ask me to do one, but despite this, they make a fabulously colourful display around town!
I am too old to have been into Pokemon, let alone Pokemon Go, but as I haven’t yet been able to locate a map for where each of these figures is, I’ve had to run around, spotting them! I only started yesterday, and I got five between the Plaza de Colon and Calle Serrano – the address here is for the young lady in the photo – that leaves 79 for you to collect before they take them away in the first week of July – off you go!