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Don José María Gómez de Cervantes y Altamirano de Velasco, Count of Santiago de Calimaya

Ignacio Ayala

European Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, Don José María Gómez de Cervantes y Altamirano de Velasco, the scion of two old and distinguished Creole families in New Spain and heir to the title of count of Santiago de Calimaya, was the very picture of noble distinction. He compiled a genealogy (shown nearby) and gathered testimonials (similar to the adjacent volume compiled for Pedro Joseph Romero de Terreros) supporting claims to his “purity of blood” and noble Spanish lineage to gain admission to the prestigious Spanish Order of Charles III. Within a few short years, however, Don José María became involved with colonial Mexico’s independence movement. He eventually signed Mexico’s Act of Independence (on view in this gallery).

A principios del siglo XIX, don José María Gómez de Cervantes y Altamirano de Velasco, vástago de dos antiguas y distinguidas familias criollas de la Nueva España y heredero del título de conde de Santiago de Calimaya, era la imagen de la noble distinción. Compiló una genealogía (en exhibición cerca) y reunió testimonios (similares al volumen adyacente compilado por Pedro José Romero de Terreros) que apoyaban la reivindicación de su “pureza de sangre” y su linaje noble español, para acceder a la prestigiosa Orden Española de Carlos III. Sin embargo, a los pocos años, don José María se vio involucrado en el movimiento por la independencia del México colonial y posteriormente firmó el Acta de la Independencia de México (la cual puede verse en esta galería)

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Mexico
  • DATES 1802
    DIMENSIONS 33 x 25 1/8in. (83.8 x 63.8cm) frame: 38 x 30 x 2 in. (96.5 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right " Ygnacio Ayala pto. Mo. a. 1802."
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed across the bottom: "El Sor. Dn Joseph Ma Cervantes y Velasco Padilla y Obando, de 17 años de edad./año de 1802."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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    CAPTION Ignacio Ayala (Mexican, 1786-1856). Don José María Gómez de Cervantes y Altamirano de Velasco, Count of Santiago de Calimaya, 1802. Oil on canvas, 33 x 25 1/8in. (83.8 x 63.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.166.7
    IMAGE overall, 52.166.7_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Don Jose Maria Cervantes y Velasco Padilla y Obando (1786-1856). An oil painting sighed by Ygnacio Ayala showing Don Jose Maria at the age of 17 years. He is wearing a green coat embroidered with red. etc. Flowers down the front with a lace jaboe and high stock. He carries his hat under his left arm and his right hand is in his vest. This is a three-quarter view and length with him facing to the left. This Don Jose Maria was one of the signers of the Mexican Act of Independence, and a Brigidier General in the Army of the Republic, and Chancellor of the Mexican Order of Guadalupe. Condition: good
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