Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eye of the Beholder

If you've been following this blog for a while (and if that's the case, it's time you took a hard look at your life), then we don't need to retell the story of how the Mexican War of Independence kicked off a little ahead of schedule thanks to the efforts of Querétaro's Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez - "La Corregidora," after whom everything in the city is now named, etc, etc etc.

There aren't many portraits of Doña Josefa still around, and those that exist don't portray her as a very handsome woman. But all that's about to change with the discovery of a pencil sketch made in 1803, which has apparently been lying around unnoticed in the state archives. The sketch "could radically change the iconography on one of the most important women in Mexican history."

Typically depicted as a stern, humorless harridan, the new portrait "is thinner, and though her expression is serious, it also has a bit of sweetness and softness to it."

We have to say, we're not seeing it. Grouchy old dame is on the left; sweet, soft, skinny babe is on the right.


Dave said...

Well, they did say a b i t of sweetness. I'd chose the portrait on the right, not just for "softness" but even as a non-artist the lack of perspective on the left is a bit troubling...like they actually flattened her head before painting it.

Now off to do something meaningful with my life....

Anonymous said...

The portrait was bought by the state government from a private collector. That is why it was unknown. The government also bought the one of the Corregidor

Anonymous said...

Que belleza! Where's Maria Felix when you need her?