Diego Velazquez painted Las Meninas (the Ladies-in-Waiting) in 1656 and it has become one of his most emblematic works – go see it out at the Prado.
Last year, 80 2m-tall models of the stylized Menina figure made their first appearance on the streets of Madrid and their colourful presence brightened the streets for a month or so.
They were so successful that they are making a return appearance – not the same ones but newly commissioned ones, 50 this time, painted by well-known Spanish people such as the singer Rosana and the actor Jordi Molla.
The one in the photo features the words “De Madrid al Cielo” or “From Madrid to Heaven”. This is a saying we have here – am I living one step from heaven? I don’t know, but it’s pretty wonderful here!
They landed on October 1 and will be gracing the streets for two months, so catch them while you can! They are all placed fairly centrally and if you use the map to hunt them down, you’ll have the added bonus of seeing many of Madrid’s most stunning sights and monuments at the same time.