A portrait of a woman that had been initially attributed to the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya may be the work of the Puerto Rican José Campeche and Jordán, born in San Juan in 1751 and considered one of the best Rococo artists on the American continent.

The Puerto Rican press echoes this Friday the revelation about the painting of an elderly woman that is exhibited for the first time in sixty years in the Barber Institute in the English city of Birmingham.

Puerto Ricans consider Campeche to be the great reference of the art of the Caribbean island, who between 1776 and 1778 was a student of the Spanish court painter. Luis Paret and Alcazar, who arrived in Puerto Rico exiled by King Carlos III.

As revealed on social media by The Barber Institute, the work was originally thought to be a portrait of Francisco Goya on his mother.

He pointed out that art historians who have followed the subject believe that it is really from José Campeche and Jordán.

From the Art Museum of Puerto Rico, where some of his works are exhibited, they point out that Campeche studied Latinidad and philosophy at the Royal Convent of the Dominican Fathers, before going through the tutoring of Spanish Luis Paret and Alcázar.

They point out that Campeche mainly developed religious paintings and especially portraits, among which specialists think that the elderly woman is included.

According to the island’s media, researchers such as Dr. Michael Brown, from the San Diego Museum of Art; Dr. Rosario Granados, of the Blanton Museum of Art in Texas (USA), and Xanthe Brooke, who worked at the Museum of Liverpool, concluded that the work is by the Puerto Rican.

The executive director of the Hispanic Society, Guillaume Kientz, confirmed that the portrait of the woman should be attributed to Campeche and Jordán.

The director of the collection of the Barber Institute, Robert Wenley, said about this work, that although the identity of the woman portrayed is unknown, it offers an enigmatic and powerful look that, “together with a delicate palette of colors, makes it a portrait worthy of admiration and enjoyment. “

Son of a freed black slave and a Spanish woman from the Canary Islands, Campeche stood out for its rococ styleor, interest in detail and ornamentation, with a palette dominated by gray, bluish and pink tones influenced by Paret and Alcázar.

Campeche fully mastered the portrait and miniature, making him one of the most prominent painters in Latin America. at the end of the 18th century.


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