"LAS MENINAS" -- "THE MAIDS OF HONOR" OR "THE FAMILY OF PHILIP IV."
OIL ON CANVAS, 318x276 cm. 125.5x108.75in.
CAVE APPLICATION (15 min).
[Silence, foot steps echoed in a large space]
The painter, Velazquez himself, walks into a space (in front of a
blue screen). He enters from right to left.
User interactively paints in the image of the scene.
Subjects enter scene/Study of composition:A white circle appears on the screen.
A line starts to move in the direction of the painter's head. The maid to the
right materializes and a white circle appears on her head. A line from this
circle and another from the first maid's circle move to the center.
Studies of Infanta
The Infanta becomes the paintings
Velazquez painted of her throughout her childhood.
The Infanta becomes an avatar which detaches itself from the
original Infanta. The avatar moves foreward to guide the user backwards in the direction of the mirror.
When we reach the mirror, the face of Christ from a painting by
Velazquez replaces the image of the Queen and King.
The avatar next leads us in the direction of the easle
where we see Picasso's "LAS MENINS" inspired by Velazquez's painting.
Afterwards, we see other work inspired by "Las Meninas" by Medvedev.