|The avatar of Margareta beckons us to follow her on an exploration of her world. This tour ends at the mysterious canvas that Velazquez is painting.|
Velazquez placed the viewer of his painting in a
privileged position - the spectator became the model. But along
with this honor comes a price, as the viewer can not escape the
gaze of the other characters. The canvas - forever hidden. The
doorway - always out of reach. But you can challenge this static
order and explore those hidden places. You, the viewer, are given
control over your position relative to the painting with our reconstruction
of Las Meninas.|
We approach a window from the room that shows a montage of images with themes that
perhaps inspired Velazquez or were inspired by him.
As we move closer to the windows, the music changes to a light Bach piece contemporary to this time period.
We progress to another window, another view.
Great thinkers, artists, poets, writers shaped his world, could they have influenced his painting?
Picasso, looking on this painting, once said "The
door Jose Nieto holds open suggests the entrance of fascist soldiers
into the studio of Velazquez with a warrant for his arrest."|
He cometh unto you with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the
chimney-corner. Defence of Poesy. Sir Philip Sidney. 1554-1586
Looking out from Nieto's position, we see the room from his perspective.
As we approach Nieto, we can see rooms beyond and decide to explore them.