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    [Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla] and [Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez]. Two Unsigned Portrait Paintings of Heroes of Mexican War of Independence. One rectangular oil on canvas portrait of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, 19.63" x 25". The second portrait, an oval -shaped oil on canvas painting in profile of Josefa Ortiz, 20" x 24". Both portraits are undated, but most likely late 19th or early 20th Century.

    In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811), a priest and intellectual, led a rebellion that is considered an important prelude to the Mexican War of Independence. Known as the Father of the Nation, Hidalgo's image has been immortalized by many artists including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Many versions of his likeness have been reproduced through portraits, stamps, currency and popular media. This picture is most likely derived from one of the many widely disseminated portraits of the revolutionary.
    This half-length portrait is staple-mounted to a wooden stretcher. Some cracking and chipping of the oil paint, especially around the periphery. One very tiny puncture on the sitter's collar.

    The second portrait is of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez (1768-1829), a recognized heroine of the Mexican War of Independence. In opposition to Spanish authority, Ortiz hosted in her home secret political meetings attended by insurgents such as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and Ignacio Allende.

    The portrait of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez is also an oil on canvas. She is depicted in profile against a solid brown background wearing a brooch and earrings. While the work is mounted to a stretcher, there is some looseness to the canvas in the upper left corner. Some creasing and chipping of paint, especially around the edges.


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