Lady from Lima Unveiled April 26
“A Lady from Lima: Culture, Collecting, Conservation,” a free afternoon symposium, will be held at the Davis on Friday, April 26 at 2:30pm, in celebration of the acquisition of an extremely rare colonial era “Portrait of a Young Woman.” Painted in Lima, Peru, the work, which has never been published or publicly exhibited, was acquired in 2011 with funds from the Wellesley College Friends of Art.
According to Davis Museum Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art and Senior Lecturer in the Wellesley College Art Department James Oles, “This extraordinary and rare portrait is a stunning addition to the Davis permanent collections, with appeal far beyond its immediate context of Latin American colonial art. The work is not widely known now, but given its rarity, will certainly become an iconic example of Latin American colonial portraiture as it is included in future publications and exhibitions.”
At the symposium, a team of experts will address many fascinating questions about the work: Who was the artist? Who was the patron? What can this work tell us about art and society in colonial Lima, one of the richest cities in the Spanish Empire? A series of short papers will be presented, including: James Oles on her context in colonial Lima; Pamela A. Parmal, David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on her dress and jewelry; Julie Knight, Co-Director at Hirsch and Associates, New York, on her gilded frame; and Elizabeth Leto Fulton, Conservator, on her condition.