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Nurture and inconformity: Arrieta’s images of women, food, and beverage

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By constructing genre scenes of women shown cooking, buying, and serving food, Arrieta not only confirmed the feminine secular role of nourishing mankind, but often elevated it to iconic status, as exemplified by his china poblana images. Embracing European models, especially the themes of Dutch and Spanish genre and still life, Arrieta meticulously and realistically rendered his poblano ambient. Arrieta was born in 1803 in Santa Ana Chiautempan, state of Tlaxcala, Mexico, and grew up in a family of humble means. He moved to the nearby city of Puebla to attend its Academy of Fine Arts, where he was schooled in the European academic painting style. The famous Dutch drinking scenes or "merry companies" relate to Arrieta's subject matter. Arrieta's images of females, food, and beverage offer a fascinating window onto the lives of the folk in the state of Puebla in midnineteenth-century Mexico.

Keywords: Arrieta's images; china poblana images; Dutch drinking scenes; Mexico



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