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A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac River

Lima School

European Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
Very few secular landscapes from colonial Peru survive today. This painting, with all the trappings of New World wealth, would have been an ideal candidate for display in an elaborately decorated estrado. Here, an elegant company seeks fresh air on the grounds of a country estate, seen in the left distance. The figures include peninsular Spaniards, Indians, Creoles, and African servants. The white men wear fashionable Europeanstyle suits, but their wealthy female counterparts are dressed in the distinctive native South American pollera ensemble (see illustration). The scene includes silver tea accoutrements, such as pavas (water heaters) and maté cups, that were common fixtures in South American estrados.

Muy pocos paisajes seculares del Perú colonial han sobrevivido hasta hoy. Esta pintura, con toda la rica parafernalia del Nuevo Mundo, hubiese sido ideal para exhibirse en el lujosamente decorado estrado. Aquí, un grupo elegante toma aire fresco en los terrenos de una casa de campo, que se ve a la distancia al lado izquierdo. Las figuras incluyen españoles peninsulares, criollos, indios y criados africanos. Los hombres blancos llevan trajes al estilo europeo, pero sus contrapartes femeninas visten la característica pollera autóctona sudamericana (ver ilustración). La escena incluye un servicio de té de plata, con pavas (calentadores de agua) y tazas de mate, artículos comunes en los estrados sudamericanos.
ARTIST Lima School
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 26 x 35 1/2 in. (66 x 90.2 cm) frame: 33 5/8 x 43 x 2 in. (85.4 x 109.2 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Expanding Horizons, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Lima School. A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac River, 19th century. Oil on canvas, 26 x 35 1/2 in. (66 x 90.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.41
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