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Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
One way that Creoles in the New World elevated their rank within the empire’s socio-racial hierarchy was by gaining admission to chivalric orders in Spain. In this portrait painted in Madrid by the court artist Francisco de Goya, the Peruvian Tadeo Bravo de Rivero sports the cross and jeweled badge of the distinguished Spanish Order of Santiago on his jacket and left lapel.

Tadeo Bravo studied in his native Lima, the capital of the viceroyalty of Peru, at the University of San Marcos, and served as an officer in the city's Royal Infantry. He eventually moved to Madrid and followed the path advocated by the former king, Charles III, who encouraged Creoles to hold government positions in Spain. Tadeo Bravo’s ascent was a great achievement, since Spanish policies still favored peninsular Spaniards (those from the Iberian Peninsula) for top political and ecclesiastical appointments.

Una de las maneras por las cuales los criollos en el Nuevo Mundo podían elevar su rango en la jerarquía socio-racial del imperio era siendo admitidos en ordenes caballerescas españolas. En este retrato pintado en Madrid por el artista de la corte Francisco de Goya, el peruano Tadeo Bravo de Rivero porta la cruz y la insignia enjoyada de la distinguida Orden de Santiago en su chaqueta y en su solapa izquierda.

Tadeo Bravo estudió en su Lima nativa, la capital del virreinato del Perú, en la Universidad de San Marcos, y allí sirvió como oficial en la Infantería Real. Eventualmente se mudó a Madrid, siguiendo allí las propuestas de Carlos III, quien incitó a los criollos a tomar puestos gubernamentales en España. La ascensión de Tadeo Bravo fue un gran logro, ya que las políticas españolas aún favorecían a los españoles peninsulares (aquellos nacidos en la península ibérica) para los más altos cargos políticos y eclesiásticos.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Spain
  • DATES 1806
    DIMENSIONS 81 1/2 x 45 11/16in. (207 x 116cm) frame: 91 1/4 x 58 1/4 x 5 in. (231.8 x 148 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, lower left: "Dn. Tadeo Bravo de/Rivero por su amgo. Goya/1806"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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    CAPTION Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828). Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806. Oil on canvas, 81 1/2 x 45 11/16in. (207 x 116cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 34.490
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