Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
In their formal full-length portraits, Old and New World elites proudly defined themselves through their things. The colonial Peruvian nobleman Tadeo Bravo de Rivero sat for Francisco de Goya y Lucientes wearing the brilliant scarlet uniform of a cavalry officer. The medal of the chivalric Order of Santiago displayed on his lapel points to one of the ways that Creoles (American-born Spaniards) elevated their rank within the empire’s social and racial hierarchy. At the officer’s feet is a dog, the traditional symbol of fidelity, suggesting the subject’s devotion to his king.
Oil on canvas
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)
Inscribed, lower left: "Dn. Tadeo Bravo de/Rivero por su amgo. Goya/1806"
Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.490_SL1.jpg)
overall, 34.490_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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