Sin Título, from the series The Tempest
1998 Arturo Rodríguez Born: Ranchuelo, Cuba 1956 oil on canvas 50 x 42 in. (127.0 x 106.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Liza and Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga 2013.18 Not currently on view
Rodríguez’s unsettled picture was inspired by Italian artist Giorgione’s The Tempest (about 1501), a puzzling painting that portrays a nude woman nursing a child under the watchful eye of a man, possible a soldier. Like The Tempest, Rodríguez’s painting gathers disparate elements and offers no clear narrative. Three figures stand, sit, or walk through an environment that lacks a stable ground, the emotional intensity evoking the uprootedness of exile or the upheaval of troubled times.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013
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