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is the focus of this exhibition, which will present some 110 works of art (primarily paintings), many of which are unpublished and newly restored.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 on April 24. 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.
The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C. It is made possible by Citibanamex and Fundación Diez Morodo.
Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE), AMEXCID, and the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.
Image: Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca 1649-1714) Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus (detail), 1683. Oil on canvas. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana. Secretaría de Cultura. Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural. Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción, Puebla, Mexico.