The eighteenth century ushered in a period of pictorial splendor in Mexico as local schools of painting were consolidated, new iconographies were invented, and painters explored new ways to invigorate their art. The vitality and inventiveness of artists in eighteenth-century New Spain (Mexico) is the focus of this exhibition, which will present some 110 works of art (primarily paintings), many of which are unpublished and newly restored.
Described by the LA Times as "one of the most memorable exhibitions of the year," Painted in Mexico arrives at the Met this week. It is the first major exhibition devoted to this topic.
The exhibition is made possible by the Placido Arango Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, Fundación Diez Morodo, A.C., and Citibanamex.
It is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Fomento Cultural Banamex.