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    Doña María de la Luz Padilla y Gómez de Cervantes

    About 1760 Miguel Cabrera painted Doña María de la Luz, a Creole patron of well-known lineage, without the lengthy biographical inscription that often appeared in portraits of the period. His subject wears a fine silk brocade dress enhanced by jewelry and many chiqueadores, or glued false beauty spots made of black velvet.

    John Singleton Copley, on the other hand, depicted his wealthy Boston sitter in a daring costume à la turque, which was all the rage in London and undoubtedly served to attest to Mrs. Gardiner’s social status and modern taste. Her rather impassive gaze and exuberant wardrobe—traits she shares with her Spanish colonial counterpart—were at this moment hallmarks of prevailing taste in both empires.

    Alrededor de 1760 Miguel Cabrera pintó a doña María de la Luz, mecenas criolla de conocido linaje, sin la larga inscripción biográfica que solía aparecer en los retratos de la época. La modelo lleva un fino vestido de brocado de seda, adornado con joyería y muchos chiqueadores (lunares falsos hechos de terciopelo negro).

    Por otro lado, John Singleton Copley representa a su adinerada modelo bostoniana llevando un atrevido disfraz à la turque, al último grito de la moda en Londres, que indudablemente sirvió para dar fe del estatus social y gusto moderno de la Sra. Gardiner. Su mirada imperturbable y ropas extravagantes—rasgos que comparte con su contraparte colonial española—eran en esos tiempos sellos del gusto prevalente en ambos imperios.

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    • Artist: Miguel Cabrera, Mexican, 1695-1768
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Place Made: Mexico
    • Dates: ca. 1760
    • Dimensions: 43 x 33 in. (109.2 x 83.8 cm) frame: 57 x 41 x 8 in. (144.8 x 104.1 x 20.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Inscriptions: Middle left: "D.n Maria d la Lus /Padilla y Cervantes/ Mich.l Cabrera Pinxt"
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
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    • Accession Number: 52.166.4
    • Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Miguel Cabrera (Mexican, 1695-1768). Doña María de la Luz Padilla y Gómez de Cervantes, ca. 1760. Oil on canvas, 43 x 33 in. (109.2 x 83.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and the Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.166.4
    • Image: overall, 52.166.4_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Dona Maria de la Luz Padilla y Cervantes (1732-1789). An oil painting by Miguel Cabrera which shows Dona Maria as a grown young lady. She is the same person as the preceding portrait as an adult. She is shown in a three-quarter view and length in a dress with heavy gold embroidery in a floral pattern against a white background. Her hair is powdered and she has beauty patches on her face. She wears elaborate jewels in her ears, at her neck, and a pectoral, also jewel rings and bracelets. She stands in front of a gold curtain and holds a fan in her right hand and flowers in her left hand. Condition: Good, it has been restored around the edges and on the dress b the Museum Laboratory.
    • Record Completeness: Best (88%)
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    Recent Comments
    16:51 08/28/2008
    egg headed lady
    22:21 07/26/2009
    Those "beauty" marks are actually fake and were a popular style at the time. They are made of velvet and pasted on. This predates the Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford natural versions by several hundred years.

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