Crown of Aragon / Corona de Aragón

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

The other day, Steve of Shadows & Light (click here) wrote about the recent ancestral surprises he found when he checked for updates on LivingDNA. I, too, was surprised to find some new information.

It seems nearly 4 percent of me came from East Iberia, the eastern part of Spain that runs from Catalonia in the north to as far south as Alicante (about 500 km / 310 miles northeast of us). I’m now living not far from some of my roots. In addition, the site explains that my:

“... genetic signature closely resembles the geographical region of the Crown of Aragon - a Middle Age confederation of Kingdoms composed mainly by the Kingdom of Aragon, the Kingdom of Valencia, and the Principality of Catalonia, as well as the Balearic Islands and some other regions across the Mediterranean. Most of Iberia has a significant percentage of North African DNA due to the impact of Muslim rule in Iberia from the 8th to the 15th century. However, the areas within the old Crown of Aragon have much less in comparison, which is one reason why East Iberia is genetically distinct from the rest of Iberia.” 

Nearly 23 percent of me is from South Italy, which was another surprise a couple of years ago. There’s 3 percent from Arabia. There are also many connections, through my mother, to North Africa, just across the sea from where we now live. Then there’s my father’s strong genetic connection to the indigenous peoples of Central and Northern Asia.

I wish I understood autosomes, haplogroups, genetic signatures, and subgroups. It’s all over my head. San Geraldo has a better understanding of genetics and even he throws his hands up in the air.

The top side-by-side photos are part of a fascinating special exhibit at the Picasso Museum called “Face to Face,” which compares many of Picasso’s portraits to those of the old masters. Left is Picasso’s Bust of a Man, 1970; center is El Greco’s Portrait of Jorge Manuel Thetokopoulos, c. 1600–1605; I can’t remember what the Picasso on the right is called. I finally understand that, if we all delve deeper, we’ll appreciate that we look more like a Picasso portrait.


El otro día, Steve de Shadows & Light (haz clic aquí) escribió sobre las recientes sorpresas ancestrales que encontró cuando revisó las actualizaciones en LivingDNA. Yo también me sorprendí al encontrar información nueva.

Parece que casi el 4 por ciento de mí vino del este de Iberia, la parte este de España que se extiende desde Cataluña en el norte hasta el sur de Alicante (a unos 500 km / 310 millas al noreste de nosotros). Ahora vivo no lejos de algunas de mis raíces. Además, el sitio explica que mi:

“… firma genética se parece mucho a la región geográfica de la Corona de Aragón, una confederación de reinos de la Edad Media compuesta principalmente por el Reino de Aragón, el Reino de Valencia y el Principado de Cataluña, así como las Islas Baleares y algunas otras regiones del Mediterráneo. La mayor parte de Iberia tiene un porcentaje significativo de ADN del norte de África debido al impacto del dominio musulmán en Iberia desde el siglo VIII al XV. Sin embargo, las áreas dentro de la antigua Corona de Aragón tienen mucho menos en comparación, lo cual es una de las razones por las que el Este de Iberia es genéticamente distinto del resto de Iberia”. 

Casi el 23 por ciento de mí es del sur de Italia, lo cual fue otra sorpresa hace un par de años. Hay un 3 por ciento de Arabia. También hay muchas conexiones, a través de mi madre, con el norte de África, al otro lado del mar desde donde vivimos ahora. Luego está la fuerte conexión genética de mi padre con los pueblos indígenas del centro y norte de Asia.

Me gustaría entender autosomas, haplogrupos, firmas genéticas y subgrupos. Está por toda mi cabeza. San Geraldo tiene una mejor comprensión de la genética e incluso él levanta las manos en el aire.

Las fotos de arriba, una al lado de la otra, son partes de una fascinante exhibición especial en el Museo Picasso llamada “Cara a Cara”, que compara muchos de los retratos de Picasso con los de los viejos maestros. A la izquierda, Busto de hombre de Picasso, 1970; el centro es el Retrato de Jorge Manuel Thetokopoulos de El Greco, c. 1600-1605; no recuerdo cómo se llama el Picasso de la derecha. Finalmente entiendo que, si todos profundizamos, apreciaremos que nos parecemos más a un retrato de Picasso.

• Head of a Warrior [Head with helmet], 1933.
• Cabeza con casco, 1933.
• Tapestry (1958) by Jacqueline Dürbach after Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907).
• Tapiz (1958) de Jacqueline Dürbach a partir de Les Demoiselles d’Avignon de Picasso (1907).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

27 thoughts on “Crown of Aragon / Corona de Aragón”

    1. David:
      Through Picasso’s eyes, I think I would look more like who I am.

    1. Jim:
      Well, going back over centuries at least, I’m sure that’s true.

  1. We are all the same under the skin. Skin makes everything a lot more attractive though.

    1. Deedles:
      In some cases, I don’t know if skin is really much an improvement.

    1. Debra:
      I wish I could have been fortunate enough to have my portrait done by Picasso.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      It reminds me of some specific cartoon character but I can’t put my finger on it.

      1. Deedles: And Thor from the BC comic strip. That’s it! Thanks for the Marvin the Martian clue.

      2. Actually, with that schnoz, he looks more like Marvin and the King from the Wizard of Id.

      3. Deedles:
        Or the Wizard himself (the weak chin). You’re good! Wait! I just got it for certain. It’s the knight from the Wizard of Id wearing Marvin the Martian’s broom helmet.

    1. Kirk:
      I always thought the lyrics were It’s a small world. This makes so much more sense.

    1. Judy C:
      It would be even cooler to understand them completely, but it’s fun to learn these connections over the generations to places I wasn’t aware of.

  2. That IS interesting. I assume the Arabia connection comes through Arabs settling North Africa and then the Iberian peninsula. There’s a certain poetic circularity to your returning to live in Spain!

    1. Steve:
      It’s so hard to tell. I DO wish I understood more. It looks like the East Iberian connection traveled from across the Adriatic through Italy at some point. And, yes, I love the Iberian connection. This is news to me.

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