Art: Fighters in Lace Drawers

Juan Manuel de Rosas, dictator of Argentina, was a hellion. He wore lace-trimmed drawers, lived almost exclusively on beef, rode like a centaur and decimated the population of his country. He once slit the throats of 1,500 prisoners of war, was defeated and forced to flee the country in 1852 by a former lieutenant, Justo Jose de Urquiza, head of an army of hard riding gauchos.

Manhattan art critics learned a great deal about Generals de Rosas and Urquiza last week when an imposing exhibition opened at the Hispanic...

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