The New Art History|
64" x 68"
Collection of Caroline Bouchart-Monteux
The Maids of Honor, by the 17th century Spanish painter Velasquez, is widely regarded as one of the peaks in European art. My modest version simply points out that the artist's studio assistant, Juan de Pareja, immortalized by Velasquez in the great portrait in the Met, was himself a painter and was seen wielding brushes in the vicinity of the Maids while it was in progress. Most likely, he was just working nearby on his own painting and accidentally found himself in a position to add to the famous spatial and psychological ambiguity of Velasquez's masterpiece.