This deluxe coffee-table collection of gaucho paintings and commentaries will be a delight to those who already have their fur-covered copies of Martín Fierro and other gauchoesque memorabilia. It could also be useful as a visual aid in courses about Argentina. Compiled from historical and literary sources from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and lavishly illustrated with paintings and lithographs from the same era, the book attempts to reconstruct the life-style, customs, and attire of the gaucho. Although it is not a central part of the work, the paintings and commentaries occasionally give us a glimpse of the lives of white women of the pampas region, especially in Chapter 11, “Bailes y canciones.” The work concludes with the three final chapters devoted to gaucho vocabulary, bibliography, and iconography.
Book Review| May 01 1981
El Gaucho: Documentación—iconografía
El Gaucho: Documentación—iconografía. By Becco, Horacio Jorge and Calcena, Carlos Dellepiane.
Editorial Plus Ultra,
1978. . Pp.
Hispanic American Historical Review (1981) 61 (2): 364.
Donna J. Guy; El Gaucho: Documentación—iconografía. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 May 1981; 61 (2): 364. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-61.2.364
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