Unidentified artist, Calle Amargura 65, early 19th c., fresco or semi-fresco[?]


We see here a large landscape mural painting from a second-floor wall at Calle Amargura 65, believed to be the birthplace of Francisco Arango y Parreño, planter and architect of Cuba’s sugar economy. Although large in format, the painting represents a more romantic and European landscape, possibly Basque, according to historian Manuel Barcia (Barcia, personal communication, July 2017). Thus, the painting likely corresponds to the later phase of mural painting production. An elevated path winds around a body of water toward arrestingly blue sky with luminous clouds. Small human figures, as in this detail, climb the path. The landscape invites stylistic comparisons to the earlier multiple landscape panels at Calle Tacón 12.