Don Pedro Alejandro Paterno (1857– 1911)
and Doña Luisa Piñeyro de Lugo y Merino
(Sra de Paterno, d. 1897)
Exposicion General de Las Islas Filipinas, 1887,
Palacio de Cristal, Parque de Retiro, Madrid;
Exposicion Historico-Americana, 1892 alongside the Exposicion
Historico-Europe, Palacio de Biblioteca y Museos Nacionales
(National Library and Museums) 1892, Parque de Madrid
(formerly Parque de Retiro), Madrid
Exposicion Historico-Natural y Etnográfica, Madrid, 1893
A photograph of the Exposicion 1892.
Collection of Don Pedro Paterno.
ABOUT THE WORK
frock immortalized in the painting, as well as heavy gold
linked chain with a pendant.
Hidalgo has captured her wasp-waisted, dressed
in rich striped taffeta. There are dark velvet cuffs; precious
lace, the aristocratic signal of status may be glimpsed at
her throat in a modest ruff; more spilling out of her sleeves.
There is a carefully detailed gold bracelet, and diamonds
(pulseras). She clasps a fan and probably what are her
favorite flowers. lace handkerchief. (One presumes that
the jewelry are all gifts of a gallant Paterno.)
What makes this portrait even more beguiling
is that Luisa, a most Spanish beauty, is situated amid a
most European forest, a romantic glen between pale sky
and a glistening river — but sits on a bamboo chair, the
most Filipino of flora — and that would be found in the
near future in the exhibitions of the Exposicion General
de las islas Filipinas, and the many other important expos
organized by Pedro Paterno.
Even more enchanting is its appearance in a
photograph of the Exposicion of 1892 — which would
mirror the same delights as the very first one in 1887
: There hanging on the left wall, unmistakably is the
Hidalgo portrait of Señorita Luisa; on the next wall,
the Luna opus, “España y Filipinas” that was first
commissioned by Paterno; and in various arrangements
are the other art pieces and objects to be found in this
auction, including the Benlliure bust of Pedro Paterno.