“A Place to Stand:” Viewing Numa Ayrinhac’s Double Portrait of President Juan Perón and his Wife Eva María Duarte at the Museo del Bicentenario

  • Author / Creator
    Erregue, Luciana
  • The current display of Numa Ayrinhac’s double portrait of Argentinian presidential couple, Juan Domingo Perón and Eva María Duarte de Perón from 1948, at the Museo del Bicentenario in Buenos Aires remains a powerfully sacred instrument of presidential propaganda, now in support of current President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. A closer look, however, reveals multiple meanings and modes of viewing embedded within the portrait. While past anti-Peronist de-facto governments have attempted, and failed, to erase its material existence, the Argentinian art world has successfully excluded the name of Numa Ayrinhac from its canon until this day. My investigation complicates established understandings of Peronist portraiture and illuminates Numa Ayrinhac’s still problematic position in the Argentinian art world, engages with nineteenth-century Argentinian official portraiture, and considers the past contexts of production and exhibition of Peronist portraiture during the mid-twentieth century. This thesis constitutes a performative act of individual viewing, productively inviting other viewers to join in an on-going conversation.

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    Spring 2016
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    Master of Arts
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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    • History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Boone, M. Elizabeth (Art and Design)
    • Hailmann, Jaymie (History and Classics)
    • McTavish, Lianne (Art and Design, University of Alberta)
    • Davies, Walter (Art and Design)