Nov 30 2013
The eleventh photograph in the series is entitled “Las Ewoks” and is based upon Diego Velàzquez’s Las Meninas (the Maids of Honour).
Diego Velàzquez was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and arguably the most important painter of the Spanish Golden Age. His Las Meninas was his crowing jewel so to speak and is one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting. The work’s complex and enigmatic composition raises several questions about the reality versus the illusion and seems to create an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. I have done my best to re-represent some of his illusions in my recreation.
As the title suggests, Velàzquez’s painting depicts the young Margaret Theresa; the future Holy Roman Empress, German Queen and her Maids of Honour. I have chosen to replace Theresa with See-Threepio as she is surrounded by her Maids of Honour; similarly, Threepio is surrounded by the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Threepio is seen as a God by the Ewoks. If you look carefully you can see that he is starting to "float" (with a little help from Luke of course!) In comparison, Theresa would have been seen as a God like being to the people of Spain. Teebo and Logray have replaced the two Maids of Honour (doña Isable de Velasco and doña Maria Augstina Sarmiento de Sotomayor). The two dwarfs have been replaced by Artoo Detoo and Wicket. These switches seemed to make sense as the older of the dwarfs is stoic and wearing a blueish dress, while the other is very curious and poking the dog with her foot. Similarly, Artoo is depicted standing straight and Wicket is poking Paploo; who has replaced the dog, with his spear. Leia and Han have replaced Theresa’s chaperone and bodyguard. Luke has replaced Velàzquez who has been thought to be painting a portrait of the King and Queen who are depicted in the mirror in the background (I have replaced them with Yoda and Obi-Wan as Force Ghosts). Finally, Darth Vader can be seen entering or exiting the Ewok hut, similarly, there is a mysterious figure who is either entering or leaving the room. Not much is know about him, but it is thought that he may be related to Velàzquez.
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