Infanta by Kantor/Velázquez

Diego Velázquez, Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress, 1659, source: www.wikipedia.orgCC-BY 3.0 PL

 Kantor perceived Velazquez’s Infantas as Madonnas and relics. Dressed in a kind of costume, they hide their rickety bodies underneath. Kantor wrote about them:

“they persist vulnerable,


Shamelessly demonstrating to the public

their complete indifference.

Dummies of death

enclosed in cardboard boxes ...”[1]

From the mid-1960s to 1990, Kantor created approx. 20 paintings and drawings with the Infanta motif.


Elaborated by: Anna Berestecka (Editorial team of Małopolskas Virtual Museums),
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[1] T. Kantor, Pisma, vol. I: Metamorfozy. Teksty o latach 1934−1974, Wrocław 2005, p. 320.