1894 Pío Casimiro Bacener Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1840 Died: 1900 oil on wood 11 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (30.2 x 24.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.12 Not currently on view
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A freed slave at the time he made this self-portrait, Pío Casimiro Bacener depicts himself as a distinguished gentleman. His worried expression, however, belies his confident pose. This portrait was probably painted as an assignment for the Public School of Drawing in San Juan. It is painted over another image, revealed through X-ray photography, of a child or an angel with hands clasped in prayer.
Ethnic - Puerto Rican
Occupation - art - painter
Portrait male - Bacener, Pio Casimiro - bust
Portrait male - Bacener, Pio Casimiro - self-portrait
paint - oil