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Portrait of Doña María de los Angeles de Cervantes Ozta y de Velasco


European Art

The wealthy Mexican sitter in this nineteenth-century portrait from the Brooklyn Museum collection wears a European-style velvet and lace dress and a gold torzale with a sliding brooch like a Mexican bolo, while she adorns her center-parted hair with flowers. Her appearance anticipates the hybrid sartorial image that Kahlo crafted for herself, drawing from her own European and Mexican heritage.

La acaudalada mujer que posa en este retrato del siglo XIX, de la colección del Brooklyn Museum, lleva un vestido de terciopelo y encaje de estilo europeo y un torzal con un broche corredizo como un bolo mexicano, y adorna con flores su cabello partido al centro. Su apariencia anticipa la híbrida imagen sartorial que Kahlo forjó para sí misma, basándose en su propia herencia europea y mexicana.
ARTIST Unknown
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Mexico
  • DATES ca. 1835
    DIMENSIONS 32 1/2 x 24 13/16 in. (82.5 x 63 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 52.166.12
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION An oil painting of Doña Maria in three-quarter length and view facing to the left side of the picture in which she is seated. Her black hair is parted in the center and she has curls at either side under her ears with some flowers in her hair over her left ear. Her black velvet dress is off-the-shoulder and edged with white lace like the sleeves which come to the elbow. The bodice is pointed and the skirt gathered. She wears white gloves and there is a heavy gold chain ornament around her neck. The dress is identical with that of Doña Ana Maria de Cervantes Ozta, her sister. Condition: Good, though there are cracks on the right side of the canvas near the elbow, the dress, and on the left edge and on the right side background.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Unknown. Portrait of Doña María de los Angeles de Cervantes Ozta y de Velasco, ca. 1835. Oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 24 13/16 in. (82.5 x 63 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 52.166.12 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.166.12_framed_acetate_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE framed, 52.166.12_framed_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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