Four Inca Kings: Tupac Yupanqui, Huayna Capac, Huascar Inca, Atahuallpa
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
This fragment of an Inca king portrait series was commissioned by the Guarachi family, one of the most prominent indigenous families of viceregal Peru. The domestic display of paintings of the Inca rulers was outlawed in the viceroyalty between 1781 and 1821, following a series of native revolts. After 1824, the portraits acquired a new significance in post-independence Peru as national icons.
Oil on canvas
early 19th century
7 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (19.7 x 57.8 cm)
Inscription Panels: 8 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (21 x 10.8 cm)
frame: 27 7/8 x 35 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (70.8 x 91.1 x 3.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Philip Ainsworth Means in memory of Philip Ainsworth Means
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Unknown. Four Inca Kings: Tupac Yupanqui, Huayna Capac, Huascar Inca, Atahuallpa, early 19th century. Oil on canvas, 7 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (19.7 x 57.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Philip Ainsworth Means in memory of Philip Ainsworth Means
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