Photo, Print, Drawing Portrait of Three Young Men from Túquerres, Túquerres Province. Retrato de tres jóvenes de Túquerres: Provincia de Túquerres

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Title

  • Portrait of Three Young Men from Túquerres, Túquerres Province.

Other Title

  • Retrato de tres jóvenes de Túquerres: Provincia de Túquerres

Summary

  • This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820-1902) shows three young men wearing ruanas (ponchos). Locally made from alpaca, vicuña, or llama wool, these garments are known for their bright colors and their warmth. The scene is set at the edge of the town of Túquerres in Túquerres Province (present-day Nariño Department), in southwestern Colombia. The town is located on a high Andean plateau some 3,000 meters above sea level. The watercolor is typical of Paz's work, which captured the diversity of the population of Colombia and depicted the daily activities and traditional customs of the country's different ethnic, racial, and social groups. Paz was born in Almaguer in the province of Cauca. He joined the Colombian army at a young age and showed exceptional skills as a cartographer and painter. In 1853 he took over the role of draftsman of the Comisión Corográfica (Chorographic Commission) formerly held by Henry Price (1819--63). The commission, which began work in 1850, was tasked with studying the geography, cartography, natural resources, natural history, regional culture, and agriculture of the Republic of New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama). Paz worked under Agustín Codazzi (1793--1859), the Italian-born geographer and engineer who co-founded and directed the commission. In 1859, at Codazzi's death, Paz was among the collaborators who took on the task of reviewing, completing, and publishing the work that the Comisión Corográfica had undertaken since 1850. As a draftsman, Paz executed watercolors and drawings that were very exact and strove to represent the places and people of Colombia in a naturalistic and objective style. These pictures constitute invaluable documentary records for the history and culture of Colombia. They also provided information pertinent to drawing up the maps that were one of the main objectives of the Comisión Corográfica. More than 90 paintings by Paz are preserved at the National Library of Colombia.

Contributor Names

  • Colombia. Comisión Corográfica Sponsor.
  • Paz, Manuel María, 1820-1902 Artist.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1853.

Subject Headings

  • -  Colombia--Nariño
  • -  1853
  • -  Clothing and dress
  • -  Ethnic groups
  • -  Expeditions and surveys
  • -  Indians of South America
  • -  Indigenous peoples
  • -  Regional Memory of the World Register, Scientific Memory of Andean America

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Watercolor on paper ; 25 x 32 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Colombia.
  • -  Content in Spanish.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Colección Comisión Corográfica

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670091

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Colombia. Comisión Corográfica Sponsor, and Manuel María Paz. Portrait of Three Young Men from Túquerres, Túquerres Province. Nariño Colombia, 1853. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670091/.

APA citation style:

Colombia. Comisión Corográfica Sponsor & Paz, M. M. (1853) Portrait of Three Young Men from Túquerres, Túquerres Province. Nariño Colombia, 1853. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670091/.

MLA citation style:

Colombia. Comisión Corográfica Sponsor, and Manuel María Paz. Portrait of Three Young Men from Túquerres, Túquerres Province. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670091/>.