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Isabel de Cisneros in her own role

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Identifying Isabel de Cisneros and individualizing her work among the artists trained in her father's workshop and active in late seventeenth-century Quito appears to be the first duty of any historical study. Considering the available documentation, any account of Isabel de Cisneros's life is tentative if not totally fictional. To a great extent, all of Navarro's following historical account of the master-disciple relationship borrows from Pareja's fictional creation, and a similar shift can be traced in some versions of Cisneros's life. Although no information seems to surface about the time Isabel de Cisneros started her formation, one can confidently assert that she was trained and worked in her father's workshop. To Jurado's contemporary eyes, though, Juana de Jesús "looks incredibly Quiteña with a long nose, a subdued smile, a narrow face, and delicate hands".

Keywords: Isabel de Cisneros; Juana de Jesús; Navarro; Quiteña; Quito



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