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Miguel Ángel Ferrer 'Mista' gives Caravaca Town Hall a portrait of the 19th century attributed to Caravaqueño painter Rafael Tegeo (05/07/2019)

The signing of the transfer between the owner of the painting and the mayor of Caravaca took place in the Plenary Hall, where he will be exposed, from Monday to Thursday in the morning of next week, to be admired closely

Rafael Tegeo became chamber painter of Queen Isabel II and honorary member of the Royal Academy of San Fernando

The painting depicts a full-length male figure with a top hat in his right hand and gloves on his left, sporting the insignia of the Order of Carlos III and a landscape background.

Former Caravaca soccer player Miguel Ángel Ferrer Martínez 'Mista has given the City of Caravaca de la Cruz a portrait of a 19th century gentleman attributed to the painter Rafael Tegeo (Caravaca de la Cruz 1798-Madrid 1856).

The act of cession has taken place in the Plenary Hall of the City Council, before the painting, and the owner of the work has participated, together with their relatives, the Councilor for Culture, Juan Manuel de León, and the mayor of Caravaca, José Francisco García, who has thanked the generosity of 'Mista' by allowing this work, one of the fundamental painters in the art scene of the first half of the nineteenth century and caravaqueño origin, can be enjoyed by all residents, being deposited in the Town Hall.

"Caravaca is indebted to Miguel Angel for many reasons, because he has been one of the best athletes in the Region of Murcia, and because his humility and his closeness to his hometown make him always be at the service of her", said José Francisco García.

The mayor of Caravaca recalled that, in recent times, the work of Rafael Tegeo, dispersed by international geography, has been revalued as that of one of the great painters of the nineteenth century Spanish, with his work exhibited at the Prado Museum .

In addition, between November 2018 and March 2019, the Museum of Romanticism dedicated a monographic exhibition, which has returned the place it deserves to the painter born in Caravaca, on the street that today bears his name.

For his part, Miguel Ángel Ferrer has declared that "when I had the opportunity to acquire a work by this illustrious Caravaqueño painter, I did not think about it and now it is my wish that it can be enjoyed by the neighbors".

"All my family we are very grateful for the rapid response of the City Council, which has shown great interest in formalizing this assignment," added the benefactor.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND ARTISTIC DATA OF RAFAEL TEGEO

Rafael Tegeo (Caravaca de la Cruz, 1798 - Madrid, 1856) is a fundamental artist in the artistic scene of the first half of the 19th century, and one of the first introducers of Romantic sensibility in Spanish painting.

The artist Tegeo carried out his first artistic training in Murcia, later moving to Madrid to study at the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

There he was educated in neoclassical painting by José Aparicio from Alicante.

He also worked with Fernando Brambilla, Italian living in Spain and chamber painter of King Ferdinand VII.

In this way, Tegeo became familiar with decorative and landscape painting, themes that would be fundamental for his later works.

In 1822 he traveled to Rome on his own, where he remained until 1827. These years he was influenced by the great masters of the Cinquecento, as well as the late Italian Neoclassicism.

On his return to Spain in 1828, he was appointed honorary member of the Royal Academy of San Fernando, in which he held various positions throughout his career.

In these same years he received important commissions from the infant Sebastian Gabriel, for whom he executed several works, both religious and mythological.

At the same time, Tegeo established himself as one of the most famous portraitists in the prevailing bourgeois society of Spanish Romanticism.

With a conception capable of integrating the eighteenth-century tradition, his outdoor portraits were undoubtedly the most appreciated, combining in them a deep attention to the psychological dimension of the models.

In 1846 he was appointed chamber painter to Queen Elizabeth II.

At his service he resumed his activity as a painter of historical compositions.

Famous in his time, Tegeo was the perfect victim, during the following years, of the prejudices of the taste of art historians and collectors, who relegated his figure until he fell into oblivion.

In recent times, the painter is recovering the rightful place among the masters of nineteenth-century Spanish painting.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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