The Ladies-In-Waiting by Santiago Garcia

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True to Velázquez and his heirs, Olivares and García know that each of those flickering glimpses shows a different side of the truth. Their mirror has flaws, but it still catches plenty of light.
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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.  Full-color illustrations throughout.
 

About Santiago Garcia

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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.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Fantagraphics. 192 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Etelka Lehoczky on Aug 30 2017

Actually, The Ladies-In-Waiting is most successful when García ditches all that brainy stuff and just shows us Velázquez and his world.

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Reviewed by Etelka Lehoczky on Aug 30 2017

True to Velázquez and his heirs, Olivares and García know that each of those flickering glimpses shows a different side of the truth. Their mirror has flaws, but it still catches plenty of light.

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