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RIEGO, Rafael de (1785-1823). Spanish liberal military

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RIEGO, Rafael de (1785-1823). Spanish liberal military

RIEGO, Rafael de (1785-1823). Spanish liberal military man, leader of the military coup of 1820. Romanticism. Oil on canvas. SPAIN. MADRID (AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY). Madrid. Museo Nacional del Romanticismo

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1785 1820 1823 Autonomous Community Coup Decorations Liberal Liberalism Liberals Museo Nacional Oils Paintings Pictures Rafael Riego Romantic Romanticism Romanticismo Spaniard Spaniards Upright Artists Masculine Persons


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This stunning oil on canvas painting depicts Rafael de Riego y O'Farrill (1785-1823), a pivotal figure in Spanish history as a liberal military man and leader of the military coup of 1820. The Romantic era, characterized by emotion, individualism, and a focus on the past, is beautifully captured in this vertical, upright portrait. Riego's intense gaze and strong posture convey a sense of determination and leadership, reflecting his role in bringing about political change in Spain. Born in Madrid, Riego rose through the ranks of the Spanish military, becoming a colonel in 1812. In 1820, he led a successful military uprising against the absolutist rule of King Ferdinand VII, which ultimately led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. Riego's actions marked a turning point in Spanish history, paving the way for greater political freedoms and liberal reforms. The painting, housed in Madrid's Museo Nacional del Romanticismo, showcases the rich colors and textures of the Romantic period. Riego's uniform, adorned with gold braid and intricate embroidery, stands out against the dark background, drawing the viewer's attention to the subject. The painting's vibrant hues and meticulous details bring the past to life, offering a glimpse into the history and culture of Spain during the Romantic era. Riego's portrait serves as a testament to the power of individual action and the enduring impact of the Romantic period on Spanish art and history. This painting is a must-see for anyone interested in Western art, history, or contemporary portraiture.

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