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Joven criolla

ca. 1835-1850 Unidentified (Puerto Rican) watercolor on ivory 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (7.3 x 5.8 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.18 Not currently on view

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The artist chose to place this “young Creole woman” in front of a classical landscape with a lake, trees, mountains and a domed temple. This scene refers to the woman’s social and intellectual status, portraying her as a cultivated woman whose gold jewelry and beautiful clothing confirm her place in society.


Ethnic - Creole

Portrait female - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor