Bartolomé: The Infanta's Pet by Siobhán Parkinson, Rachel van Kooij

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By Siobhán Parkinson, Rachel van Kooij

17th-century Madrid isn't really a type position for a dwarf like Bartolomé, and his kin has to maintain him hidden in a small again room to guard him from being mocked in the street. he's formidable, and longs to profit to learn and write. His siblings set up classes with a monk in a neighborhood monastery, and so they be capable of sneak him out of the home and get the fabrics he must examine. yet then the king's little daughter, the Infanta, spots him in the street and desires to have him as her 'human dog'. lifestyles within the royal palace is frightening and humiliating, till Bartolomé discovers the artist's studio ... vibrant and gripping, this is often an inspiring tale of braveness and wish according to the portray Las Meninas through Diego Velazquez.

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