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    Arias Argaez, Daniel, 1869-
    Académicos fallecidos : Ricardo Moros Urbina / Daniel Arias Argáez
    Boletín de Historia y Antigüedades : órgano de la Academia Colombiana de Historia (Bogotá, Colombia). --- Vol. 29 (Jun.- Jul. 1942)
    p. [331]- 333
    Journal article – Other

    Arias Argáez, Daniel. "Académicos fallecidos:  Ricardo Moros Urbina." Boletín de Historia y Antigüedades: órgano de la Academia Colombiana de Historia (Bogotá, Colombia), vol. 29 (June- July 1942): 631- 633.


This brief obituary was written by the historian Daniel Arias Argáez following the death of the artist Ricardo Moros Urbina. It includes a short but detailed biographical profile that mentions Moros Urbina’s art studies at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Bogotá, his friendship with the artist and cultural promoter Alberto Urdaneta, his work as a wood block printmaker at the Bogotá newspaper Papel Periódico Ilustrado (1881-88), his trip to Europe, and his role as a historian (he was a cofounder of the Academia Colombiana de Historia). Arias Argáez concludes the obituary by reviewing some of Moros Urbina’s works, including the History Academy’s coat of arms and some of his oil paintings and sketches.


This obituary includes some of the few known biographical facts about the Colombian artist Ricardo Moros Urbina (1865-1942). It was written by his friend Daniel Arias Argáez

(1869-1951), who like Moros Urbina, was a member of the Academia Colombiana de Historia. Arias Argáez was one of the most important intellectuals in Colombia in the early twentieth century; he was a close friend of José Asunción Silva (1865-96), the poet and author of at least twenty-three books and articles on the history of Colombia.    


The obituary written by Arias Argáez mentions the following points of interest: (i) it identifies several of Moros Urbinas’ works by textual descriptions; (ii) it places him as part of the philosophical-Hispanist movement that was founded many years earlier by the artist and cultural promoter Alberto Urdaneta (1845-87); (iii) it mentions Moros Urbina’s role as a historian, a facet of his career that has generally been overshadowed by his work as an artist; and (iv) it refers to his work as a designer and identifies him as the creator of the coat of arms of the Academia Colombiana de Historia.

Taller Historia Crítica del Arte (U.N.): Halim Badawi
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia