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Experts point to which portrait attributed to Goya is of the artist José Campeche

A portrait of a woman attributed to the Spaniard Francisco de Goya may actually be a work of the Puerto Rican José Campeche y Jordán, born in San Juan in 1751 and considered one of the best representatives of the rococo style in the American continent, according to an investigation by art experts .

The Puerto Rican press this Friday echoes the revelation about the painting of an elderly woman, which is exhibited for the first time in 60 years at the Barber Institute in the English city of Birmingham.

The news has filled Puerto Ricans with pride, who consider Campeche as the great reference of the art of the Caribbean island, who between 1776 and 1778 was a student of the Spanish court painter Luis Paret y Alcázar, who arrived on the island exiled by King Carlos III.

As revealed through social networks by The Barber Institute, an art gallery based in the United Kingdom, it was originally thought to be a portrait of Francisco Goya of his mother, but art historians who have addressed the subject believe that it is really from José Campeche and Jordán.

From the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, where some of his works are exhibited, they point out that Campeche studied Latinidad and philosophy at the Royal Convent of the Dominican Fathers before going through the tutoring of the Spanish Luis Paret y Alcázar.

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In fact, they point out that Campeche y Jordán developed mainly paintings on a religious theme and especially portraits, among which specialists think that there is that of the elderly woman.

The son of a freed black slave and a Spanish woman from the Canary Islands, he stood out for his rococo style, interest in detail and ornamentation, with a palette dominated by gray, blue and pink tones, influenced by Paret and Alcázar.

According to the island’s media, researchers such as Dr. Michael Brown, from the San Diego Museum of Art; Dr. Rosario Granados, from the Blanton Museum of Art in Texas, and Xanthe Brooke, who worked at the Liverpool Museum, concluded that the work is by the Puerto Rican.

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The executive director of the Hispanic Society, Guillaume Kientz, says that the portrait of the woman should be attributed to Campeche and Jordán.

The director of the collection of the Barber Institute, Robert Wenley, said about the work that although the identity of the woman portrayed is unknown, it offers an enigmatic and powerful look that “together with a delicate color palette makes it a portrait worthy of admiration. and enjoy”.

Campeche fully mastered portrait and miniature, making him one of the most prominent painters in Latin America at the end of the 18th century.

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