As soon as you tell me is there is a collection of art sculptures in any city, I am immediately on the hunt to find as many as I can can. I hunted for buffalo in Custer, South Dakota, and rounded up as many pigs in Cincinnati as I could.
In Madrid, it was Las Meninas: The Maids of Honour by Velázquez. A collection of 80 ladies in waiting invaded Madrid this summer. You could find them all over the place, like a street museum around every corner.
Las Meninas is a 1656 painting in the Museo del Prado by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age.
After spotting so many beautifully decorated sculptures, I was eager to see the painting itself inside the Prado Museum — until we saw that the line to get in snaked around the building and seemed like it might take over an hour just to get in.
So we settled for traipsing around the city, snapping pictures of these beautiful ladies.
I’m not sure I can pick a favorite. I may be able to narrow it down to a dozen, but luckily — I don’t have to. If only I’d managed to find them all!
What about you? Which of these are your favorites?