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    Four Inca Kings: Tupac Yupanqui, Huayna Capac, Huascar Inca, Atahuallpa

    This fragment of an Inca king portrait series was commissioned by the Guarachi family, one of the most prominent cacique families of viceregal Peru, as a way of asserting claims to high status and power in the nineteenth century (see illustration for an intact painting of this type from the period).

    Following a series of native revolts in Peru, the domestic display of paintings of the Inca rulers was outlawed in the viceroyalty between 1781 and 1821. After 1824, the portraits acquired a new significance in postindependence Peru as national icons.

    Este fragmento de una serie de retratos de un rey inca fue encargado por la familia Guarachi, una de las más importantes familias de caciques del Perú virreinal, como una forma de afianzar sus derechos al alto estatus y poder en el siglo XIX (ver ilustración de una pintura intacta de este tipo del periodo).

    Después de una serie de revueltas indígenas en el Perú, la exhibición doméstica de pinturas de gobernantes incas fue proscrita en el virreinato entre 1781 y 1821. Después de 1824, tras la independencia del Perú, los retratos adquirieron un nuevo significado como íconos nacionales.

    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Place Made: Cuzco, Peru
    • Dates: early 19th century
    • Dimensions: 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)
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 47.119
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Philip Ainsworth Means in memory of Philip Ainsworth Means
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: 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 , 47.119
    • Image: overall, 47.119_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
    • Record Completeness: Best (88%)
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