Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
Here, on the grounds of a Caribbean sugar plantation, two luxuriously dressed mixed-race sisters enjoy a walk with their mother, children, and eight African servants. After the Seven Years’ War (1754–63), the British government sent the Roman painter Agostino Brunias to Dominica, one of its newly acquired Caribbean territories. Although Brunias was originally commissioned to promote upper-class plantation life, his paintings soon exposed the artificialities of the region’s racial hierarchies.
Aquí, en el área de una plantación de azúcar caribeña, dos hermanas de raza mixta, vestidas lujosamente, disfrutan una caminata con su madre, sus hijos y ocho sirvientes africanos. Después de la Guerra de los Siete Años (1754–63), el gobierno británico envió al pintor originario de Roma, Agostino Brunias, a Dominica, uno de sus territorios caribeños recién adquiridos. Aunque a Brunias se le encargó inicialmente que promoviera la vida de plantación de la clase alta, sus pinturas expusieron muy pronto las artificialidades de las jerarquías raciales de la región.
Oil on canvas
20 x 26 1/8 in. (50.8 x 66.4 cm)
frame: 25 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (64.8 x 80 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband, by exchange and gift of George S. Hellman, by exchange
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Agostino Brunias (Italian, ca. 1730-1796). Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape, ca. 1770-1796. Oil on canvas, 20 x 26 1/8 in. (50.8 x 66.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband, by exchange and gift of George S. Hellman, by exchange, 2010.59 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.59_PS6.jpg)
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