Woman with Earring
- Luis Garcia Hevia, Colombian, 1816-1887
Luis Garcia Hevia, Woman with an Earring. Bogotá, Colombia, about 1850. Oil paint on canvas. 31 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight; 1984.718.
While colonial portraits aimed to show the status of the sitter rather than a physical likeness, a focus on realism and individual identity emerged in the early 1800s with the independence movement in Latin America. This post-colonial artist painted a highly individualized portrait that captures the essence of this elderly woman. Although the prominent gold and pearl drop earring hints at her wealth, this stand-out element also contributes to the woman’s confident—almost defiant—attitude.
-- Julie Wilson Frick, 2017