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  • Portrait of General Pablo Morillo

    Artist:
    Vernet, Horace. 1789-1863
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    55x46 cm

Vernet, Horace. 1789-1863

Portrait of General Pablo Morillo

France, Between 1820 and 1822

Pablo Morillo (1777-1838) was a renowned Spanish general. In his youth he had been a simple shepherd but then joined the navy. Morillo distinguished himself in the war of 1809-13 against the French troops led by Napoleonic generals. In 1815 he headed an expedition to the Spanish colonies in South America. He was defeated by Bolivar. In 1820 Morillo returned to Europe from South America and stayed for some time in Paris where Vernet painted his portrait. Morillo's military uniform is decorated with many high awards: on his left breast is the Order of Charles III, 1st Class, with below it the Order of Isabella the Catholic, 1st Class, for special services. Vernet, however, ignores the conventions of the official portrait and concentrates our attention not on the regalia, but the sitter's inner fire. We can sense the general's great force and despotic severity, while his face bears the marks of controlled passion.

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Portrait of General Pablo Morillo

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oil

Dimensions:

55x46 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the Petrograd Art Treasures Department

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5148

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