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"Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits"
2005-04-16 until 2005-06-12
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego, CA, USA United States of America

The San Diego Museum of Art is presenting the very first comprehensive exhibition of Latin American portraiture ever to tour the United States. Opened on April 16, Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits reveals the richness of Latin America‚s portrait tradition, from Pre-Columbian times to the present day, featuring examples by such modern masters as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and Fernando Botero. It will be supplemented by SDMA‚s biennial exhibition of student (K-12) art, Young Art 2005: Portraits/Retratos, which will focus on the art of portraiture.

For more than 2000 years, portraits have served many purposes in Latin America: preserving the memory of the deceased; bolstering the social standing of the aristocracy; marking the deeds of the powerful and heroic; advancing the careers of politicians; recording rites of passage; mocking symbols of the status quo; and expressing the artist's inner being. Illustrating these functions, the works in the exhibition are divided into five chronological sections: pre-Columbian, Viceregal, 19th century, modern, and contemporary.

Spanning two millennia, the works selected for Retratos demonstrate the depth and breadth of the portrait-making tradition in Latin America, encompassing scores of ancient and modern cultures across South, Central, and North America, as well as the Caribbean. It also highlights the achievements of some of its best-known modern practitioners, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and Fernando Botero.

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Portrait of a Nobleman, artist unknown Stucco with paint.
45cm (with stand) x 48cm San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.
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