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Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes

European Art

Painted in two major colonial American centers, these portraits from Boston and Mexico City (then New Spain) share a formality of pose and an emphasis on fine costume that reveal a common source in European portraiture. John Haskins holds his hand on his hip, in a pose of authority found in Elizabethan portraits. Nevertheless, this upright barrel maker known as “Honest John Haskins” was a modest patron when compared to his wealthy and ambitious Mexican counterpart. The inscription at the bottom of Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes’s portrait lists honors and inherited titles that explicitly identify him as a descendant of an aristocratic Spanish American family.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Mexico
  • DATES 1788
    DIMENSIONS 40 1/2 × 32 1/2 in. (102.9 × 82.6 cm) frame: 45 3/8 × 37 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (115.3 × 95.9 × 7 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed across the bottom: " El Sr. Dn. Ignacio Leonel Gomez de Cervantes, Padilla, Niño de Cordova, Riva de Neyra, Fernandez de la Higuera, Gorraes Estrada Ve-/(lasco) Urrutia de Vergara, Cavallero Maestrante de la Real de Ronda, Marques de Salinas del Rio de Pizuerga. Señor de las Vi-/llas de Berniches de Sauguiya, de Enares Gentil Hombre de Camara de S.M.C. con entrada. Alclade Ordinario / (last line of inscription destroyed)."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Don Ygnacio Leonel Gomez de Cervantes (1762-1813). An oil painting by an unknown artist. He is seen in three-quarter length and view facing to the right of the picture. He wears a wig with the ends curled and stands in front of a pale pink curtain against a neutral background. There is a lace jaboe and lace at the cuffs. His coat is gold with blue inserts over a red undercoat. He holds a cane in his right hand and his left hand is in his vest. In back of the right side of his coat is a sword handle.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Mexican. Don Ignacio Leonel Gómez Cervantes, 1788. Oil on canvas, 40 1/2 × 32 1/2 in. (102.9 × 82.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.166.6 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.166.6_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 52.166.6_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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