Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, 1760 - ARE YOU COMING. From Spaniard and Morse, Albino (VII. The français y - fine art print

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These three works belong to a set of casta paintings by Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz that originally had sixteen scenes (over time many sets have been disassembled). Each scene depicts a family group with parents of different races and one of their children. During the colonial period Indians, Spaniards born in Spain as well as the New World (the latter known as Creoles), and Africans brought over as slaves all populated Mexico. The result was that a large percentage of the population became mixed, known collectively as castas (or "castes" in English), from where the pictorial genre derives its name.

Casta paintings were largely produced for a European audience to classify and create order out of an increasingly mixed society. This is especially important because in Europe there existed the widespread idea that all the inhabitants of the Americas (regardless of race) were degraded hybrids, which called into question the purity of blood of Spaniards and their ability to rule the colony's subjects. Casta painting responded to this anxiety by constructing a view of an orderly society bound by love (hence the use of the familial metaphor), but one that was hierarchically arranged and that featured Spaniards at the top.

Morlete Ruiz situates the mixed couples in elaborate landscape settings and pays careful attention to the figures' clothing and attributes. For example, some Spanish men hold a sword—a privilege that in colonial legislation was only reserved for this group—while some women sport a manga, a cape that resembles an inverted skirt fit from the head, worn exclusively by women of African descent (it was adapted from a similar garment worn by Moorish women in Spain).

In addition to presenting a typology of human races, occupations, and dress, casta paintings picture the New World as a land of boundless natural wonder through precise renderings of native products, flora, and fauna. Morlete Ruiz's works include an assortment of local fruits such as avocados and prickly pears (tunas). Products like these underscored the colonists' pride in the diversity and prosperity of the colony, and at the same time they fulfilled Europe's curiosity about the "exoticism" of the New World. In addition, they reflect the popularity of classificatory theories introduced by the Enlightenment and the interest in natural history.

Ilona Katzew, 2011

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In 1760 Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz made the 18th century painting. The original measures the size: 39 7/16 × 47 7/16 in (100,17 × 120,49 cm). Oil on canvas was applied by the Mexican painter as the medium of the piece of art. This piece of art belongs to the art collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We are pleased to state that this public domain work of art is being included - courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org).In addition, the artwork has the creditline: . Furthermore, alignment of the digital reproduction is in landscape format and has a ratio of 1.2 : 1, which implies that the length is 20% longer than the width.

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Artist table

Name of the artist: Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz
Alias names: Ruiz Juan Patricio Morlete, Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, Morlete Ruiz Juan Patricio
Artist gender: male
Artist nationality: Mexican
Jobs of the artist: painter
Country: Mexico
Classification: old master
Life span: 65 years
Year born: 1715
Died: 1780

Structured information on the artwork

Title of the painting: "ARE YOU COMING. From Spaniard and Morse, Albino (VII. The français y"
Categorization: painting
Art classification: classic art
Time: 18th century
Created in: 1760
Artwork age: over 260 years
Original medium: oil on canvas
Original artwork size: 39 7/16 × 47 7/16 in (100,17 × 120,49 cm)
Exhibited in: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Available under: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
License type: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org)

Structured item details

Product type: art reproduction
Reproduction method: digital reproduction
Production method: UV direct print
Provenance: German production
Type of stock: on demand
Product usage: wall picture, art reproduction gallery
Orientation: landscape format
Image ratio: 1.2 : 1
Image aspect ratio meaning: the length is 20% longer than the width
Fabric options: acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print, poster print (canvas paper)
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame): 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Poster print (canvas paper) size variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material) variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Frame: not included

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