“María Bárbara Guadalupe de Ovando and Rivadeneyra with Guardian Angel” Born in Puebla, Mrs. María Bárbara Guadalupe from Ovando and Rivadeneyra was twice married to prominent men. Following the death at the time of his first husband on his way back from the Philippines (where he was governor and captain general), she married into one of the most powerful colonial aristocratic clans-the Altamirano of Velasco family. Miguel Cabrera was probably commissioned to paint this portrait following her second nuptials. Depicting the sitter next to her guardian angel takes the painting beyond its representational function, virtually transforming it into a protective object.
(Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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