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Spanish lady with her black woman slave [Extracted from the original]

  • Painting. 'Spanish lady with her black woman slave'. Museum of the Americas

    Painting. 'Spanish lady with her black woman slave'. Museum of the Americas





Vicente Albán

Original title

Señora principal con su negra esclava [Extraído del original]
Museum of the Americas

This painting is closely connected to the scientific purposes of the expeditions across America in the 18th century to provide information on the different kingdoms of Nature.

In 1793 the painter from Quito, Vicente Albán, painted several works made up of six paintings depicting people who represented models taken from the local society. These figures, dressed and decorated following the current fashion in the Audience of Quito (current Republic of Ecuador), were painted in open landscapes in which different local vegetation was included, especially fruit trees. This shows all the features that were interesting for botanical studies.

The series formed part of the collection of the Natural Science Museum in Madrid, from where it was transferred to the Ethnographic Section of the National Archaeology Museum, where it remained until 1941, when it was moved to the recently opened Museum of the Americas in Madrid.


Details of the work


Height: 80 cm; Width: 109 cm.

Oil painting


Place of production
Ecuador (South America)


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