Dona Isabel de Caravajal. Hesiquio IRIARTE.

Dona Isabel de Caravajal

Mexico City: Diaz de Leon y White, 1870.

Lithograph. Image measures 14 1/2" x 10 1/2"

This dramatic print depicts a scene from the Inquisition in 16th century Mexico. Dona Isabel de Caravajal was the niece of Don Luis de Caravajal, the Spanish governor of Nuevo Leon. in 1590, Isabel was tortured by the Inquisition until she confessed to practicing Judaism in secret, implicating her entire family as Crypto-Jews. Her parents and siblings were sentenced to life in prison or burnt at the stake. This lithograph shows her being brought, bare-breasted, before the Inquisitors. A guard holds her by the arms, and two priests sit with a scribe, a Crucifix before them.

Print made by Mexican lithographer Hesiquio Iriarte, after artwork by Primitivo Miranda, Mexican sculptor and neoclassical painter. Published in "El Libro Rojo: 1520-1867", an illustrated history of civil violence and suffering in Mexico spanning the Spanish Conquest, the Inquisition, up to the French Intervention. The plates include images of plague, torture, and murder, depicting various political and religious martyrs throughout Mexico's early history. Riva Palacio (1832-1896) was a lawyer and writer, and the grandson of Vicente Guerrero. Manuel Payno (1810-1894) was a Mexican writer, journalist, politician and diplomat. The work of both authors continue to be very influential in Mexican literature, art, and national identity.

Illustrator: Primitivo Miranda
Language: English

Price: $350.00

Item #299855

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