Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, 1760 - From Spaniard and Return Backwards, Hold Yourself - fine art print

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In 1760 the Mexican artist Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz made the classic art painting. The over 260 years old original creation has the size: 39 1/2 × 47 1/2 in (100,33 × 120,65 cm). Oil on canvas was applied by the artist as the medium of the painting. This piece of art belongs to the digital art collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With courtesy of - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org) (public domain license).: . On top of that, alignment of the digital reproduction is landscape with an aspect ratio of 1.2 : 1, which implies that the length is 20% longer than the width.

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Article classification: art reproduction
Method of reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Manufacturing method: UV direct printing
Product Origin: manufactured in Germany
Stock type: on demand
Product usage: wall gallery, home design
Alignment: landscape format
Image aspect ratio: 1.2 : 1 - length : width
Side ratio implication: the length is 20% longer than the width
Available variants: canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), poster print (canvas paper), metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) options: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Poster print (canvas paper) variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Aluminium print size variants: 60x50cm - 24x20", 120x100cm - 47x39"
Picture frame: unframed reproduction

Background data on the unique artwork

Title of the painting: "From Spaniard and Return Backwards, Hold Yourself"
Artwork categorization: painting
General term: classic art
Temporal classification: 18th century
Created in the year: 1760
Artwork age: 260 years old
Original medium of artwork: oil on canvas
Size of the original work of art: 39 1/2 × 47 1/2 in (100,33 × 120,65 cm)
Exhibited in: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Location of the museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Museum's web page: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
License type: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org)

About the artist

Artist name: Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz
Other names: Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz, Morlete Ruiz Juan Patricio, Ruiz Juan Patricio Morlete
Artist gender: male
Nationality of artist: Mexican
Professions of the artist: painter
Home country: Mexico
Classification: old master
Died aged: 65 years
Born: 1715
Died: 1780

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Original information about the work of art from the museum (© - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - www.lacma.org)

Notes from the Curator: 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

Notes from the Contributor: Painting by Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz (Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

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