Reflections of power: Eco y Narciso by Calderón meets Las meninas by Velazquez


Journal Article

Calderón's court spectacle play Eco y Narciso was first performed in 1661 to celebrate the tenth birthday of the princess Margarita, the infanta in the center of Velázquez's painting Las meninas ( 1656). Calderón opens the drama with a celebration of the birthday of the shepherdess Echo, thus suggesting an analogy between the mythical nymph and the princess. This analogy, together with the reflections between the characters within the drama, invites us to see in this courtly play, as in Velázquez's famous painting, a reflection on the nature of subjectivity, desire and monarchical power.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Greer, MR

Published Date

  • November 18, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 191 - 211

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1888-8046

Citation Source

  • Scopus