"Aspiration, frustration, chance: There's nothing archaic about this tale except the neck ruffs." — NPR Books
"The Ladies-in-Waiting is a visually vibrant piece, highly entertaining and engaging, dispensing with all brows (low or high) in order to create a new work of art, done with deep knowledge and appreciation of the subject, all building up to a thoroughly wonderful reading experience. " — Bookgasm
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In 1656, Diego Velázquez, leading figure in the Spanish Golden Age of painting, created one of the most enigmatic works in the history of art: Las Meninas (The Ladies-in-Waiting). This graphic novel, written and drawn by two of Spain’s most sophisticated comics creators, examines its legacy as one of the first paintings to explore the relationship among the viewer, reality, and unreality. (It guest stars Cano, Salvador Dalí, Zurbarán, and many others.) Olivares’s art moves from clear line to expressionistic; from pen nib to brush stokes; from one color palette to another, as The Ladies-in-Waiting uses fiction to explore the ties among artists and patrons, the past and the present, institutions and audiences, creators and creativity. Their combined efforts have garnered not only international comics prizes, but the equivalent of the National Book Award in Spain, where the book has been a commercial and critical sensation.