Jose Campeche Las Hijas del Gobernador

On display at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

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The painting in the background are idealized bucolic European landscapes in which one still perceives certain elements typical of the Rococo, such as the gilt asymmetrical scrollwork on the rocaille frame. The bridge and the river may be elements that allude to the distance between the old world and the new. The bull, between the two girls may represent the god Zeus, who in the greek mythology assumed this form to seduce the beautiful young maiden Europa

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The pineapple and maraca are two elements native to the Caribbean culture that Campeche introduces into this painting in the European courtly style as a manifestation of the cultural syncretism that characterizes the colonies of the New Worlds.

 

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Both girls are dressed in the Empire style, which not only dominated women’s fashions but was reflected also in the architecture, interior decoration, and furniture of the early nineteenth century in France. This is a style that fits well with the austere spirit of neo-Classicism.

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According to Rene Taylor, and based on the Languages of Flowers, by Margaret Pickston, the little spray of white and yellow jasmine flowers that the two sisters are holding is a symbol of affability and grace, while the roses may allude to love.

 

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Thanks for reading!!!

Joey Medrano MD

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