Dom Pedro I of Brazil by Calixto – query on the depiction of gloves
“I’m trying to decipher a detail in a Dom Pedro I (1798-1834) portrait, done by Brazilian artist Benedito Calixto, belonging to Museu Paulista Collection. I am familiar with the uses of gloves in traditional portraits, but I cannot find any precedent for this particular display of the gloves, put between the jacket’s buttons. The portrait is dated 1902, but it should depict a scene around 1822. I’ve already researched 1820 fashion manuals, and other portraits around this date, but could not find any information – if whether this was a particular habit of soon-to-be Emperor Pedro, a fashion of the times, or something of a symbolic meaning. Also, researching British portraits that could have been used as models to Calixto – specially Gainsborough’s and Lawrence’s – I could not find nothing similar. If anyone has a clue on this topic, I would much appreciate any help. Thank you in advance.”
– Fernanda Pitta, Senior Curator, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
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