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The Menina of Llanes

The Menina of Llanes

a velazqueño tribute

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The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes
  • The Menina of Llanes

a velazqueño tribute

Llanes has had a new tourist attraction since spring 2023 that, surely, It will become a highly sought after place by all visitors to the Llanisca town. According to its author, Antonio Azzato, his "menina" "occupies a magical space in the town, surely it will be the objective and setting for numerous photographs and will serve to convey the idea that Llanes is a wonderful place."



Latitude: 43.4195824 Length: -4.7543049
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It will certainly be one of those places that today are called “instagrammable” and will summon curious and art lovers in equal parts. It is a design created to be on the street, with a weight of 200 kilos and a height of 1,80 meters, which gives it a quite human scale. It is finished in fiberglass and was designed so that it can be touched, looked at, felt and photographed, according to Antonio Azzato.

The "menina llanisca" was inaugurated in the port of Llanes on the occasion of the XXVIII Llanes City Council Tourism Awards. Before its current location, it has been exhibited in Madrid within the exhibition "Meninas Art Gallery", an exhibition on the street that has celebrated its fifth edition, was specifically exhibited at the corner of Calle Lagasca and Jorge Juan in the Madrid capital.

Velazquez's "menina" dressed in llanisca -with its richly embroidered and decorated dengue, with flowers in relief and, its large volume skirt with the corresponding lorzas, apron to match the headscarf...- looks from the north bank of the bridge over the Carrocedo river to the Cantabrian. It is, without a doubt, a beautiful reinterpretation of the famous work by Velázquez, whose central theme is the portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Austria, who placed in the foreground, is surrounded by her servants "las meninas" from her.

To find out more about the author of the work, we have to comment on the plains roots of Antonio Azzato Sordo, son of Italian and Porruana. He defines himself as self-taught and says that his artistic relationship has been forged in his father's furniture workshop.


Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com Copyright Ramón Molleda



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