Lady of the Spanish Court
  • Lady of the Spanish Court

Lady of the Spanish Court

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Año de lanzamiento: 1996


Release year: 1996

Sculptor: José Puche

Limited Series 1000 pieces


My name is Margarita Teresa of Austria. I was born on July 12, 1651. Daughter of Philip IV and Mariana of Austria I am known as "La Menina" thanks to the painting of D. Diego de Velázquez who immortalized me with my family and my companions (las meninas) when I was only five years old.

In 1663, when I was twelve, I was engaged to marry my uncle, the Emperor Leopold I of Hapsburg, my mother's brother. Due to the death of my father D. Felipe IV and for political reasons and rights of succession, the wedding was not held until April 25, 1666 and by proxy.

Six months lasted my trip to Vienna where I was received by the emperor who celebrated my arrival with splendid celebrations.

Unfortunately, my life was short. I had four children, two boys and two girls. However, only one survived: María Antonia de Austria. On March 12, 1673, when I gave birth to my fourth daughter, I left this world with only twenty-two years.

They say he dies when you enter the tunnel of oblivion, but that is not my case.

Icon of Madrid, I always aroused concerns. I was the subject of multiple studies about the symbolism contained in Velázquez's painting, entitled "Las Meninas" exhibited in the Prado Museum. But I had never gone outside. However, Mr. Carlos Sánchez, great admirer of mine, had the idea of ​​using me as an attraction for his business. For this he commissioned a replica of my figure to the sculptor and artist fallero José Puche.

The project was born two years later and on December 22, 1996, together with my mother, Dña Mariana from Austria and the painter Diego Velázquez, we were exposed on the balconies of the palace of the Count of Casal, looking at the Prado Museum.

My body remained in Austria, in the crypt of the Capuchins of Vienna, but my spirit returned to Madrid and here I am always present giving to speak and serving as inspiration to new artists.


This figure transports us to the sumptuous atmosphere of the Spanish Golden Age, a time that the great brush of Velázquez forever associated the expression, between serene and haughty, of the meninas of the court.

With this denomination, of Portuguese origin, it was designated to the women who from girls entered the service of the queen or the infantas.

The new Menina is a continuation of its predecessor, the Lady of the Spanish court, but with an original aesthetic based on geometry.

It belongs to the Utopía Collection of Lladró.


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