THE STARS

Urania

Urania

The Greeks represented Urania headdress with a diadem of stars and holding a globe and various scientific instruments. She is the muse of astronomy, and as such the largest supporter of this science. Unlike her friends she is excited about the arrival of an exhibition on astronomy in art, and will try to convince them that this combination can be very attractive.

Urania, wikipedia
Urania, Museo del Prado

el triunfo de Baco

Drunkard

It is the main character in “The Triumph of Bacchus” by Velazquez. He quit drinking years ago, but his rasping voice and his shabby features betray a past full of parties and celebrations. He’ss very sociable, keeps track of everything happening at the Museum and is always ready to compliment a lady.

The Triumph of Bacchus, wikipedia
The Triumph of Bacchus, Museo del Prado

las meninas

Infanta Margarita

Like every girl of her age, the Infanta Margarita, also painted by Velazquez, is curious, cheerful and witty. She is fascinated by everything related to astronomy, and especially by the amateur astronomers that go out at night to watch the stars with their telescopes.

Las Meninas, wikipedia
Las Meninas, Museo del Prado

Saturno

Saturn

This Saturn, inspired by Goya’s painting, governs the passage of time and, like most of the gods, has quite a difficult temper. His greatest fear is that one of his sons snatches the throne, so he tends to eat them while they are still small. Leaving aside this minor flaw, and the fact that his memory fails quite a bit because of his advanced age, his company is very lively.

Saturn devouring one of his sons, wikipedia
Saturn devouring one of his sons, Museo del Prado

La maja desnuda

The nude Maja

This young lady portrayed by Goya is shrouded in mystery - no one knows who she really is - and has a particular vision of the world around her. She does not talk much, but when she does her opinions never go unnoticed.

The nude Maja, wikipedia
The nude Maja, Museo del Prado