🍎 Fernando Botero (Columbian, b. 1932) Temptation of Santa Rita, 1970, oil on canvas 🍎
• Gift of Dr. George E.F. and Maxine L.R. Brewer •
Botero studied in Madrid and Florence and lives chiefly in Paris. By the early 1960s he had developed his unique style, characterized by the portly physique and viscous paint handling of his subjects. Many of his works parody Old Master paintings. The prototype for this work is unknown, however, Santa Rita is the patron saint of “impossible causes.” Temptation (the apple) and disaster (the volcano) are placed in diagonal counterpoint to Saint Rita. Despite his interpretations of works by European masters like Velasquez and Caravaggio, Botero has claimed a desire to make a uniquely “Columbian” art with roots in Latin American rather than European culture.
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