Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great Masters of Painting, the San Carlos, Soumaya and Franz Mayer Museums, together.

The Museum of San Carlos, the Museum Franz Mayer, the Soumaya Museum (all three located in Mexico City) and the Carlos Slim Foundation decided to pool their resources and collections around a theme: the Kingdom of Forms, and share this experience with a wider audience, organizing exhibitions in several cities around Mexico.
It is quite uncommon to find so many paintings by major European Masters in one single exhibition in Mexico City, and completely unheard of at Museums in cities such as Querétaro,  Leon (Guanjuato), Tijuana, Monterrey and Torreón. However, this joint effort made it possible for thousands of art-fans, from all over the country, to see these great masterpieces for the first time in their native cities.
Adam and Eve, Lucas Cranach
the Elder, 1472-1553, Germany
Eve looks like she is hiding the
other apple from Adam.
The three participating museums lent 20 masterpieces each of Medieval, Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque Paintings for the Exhibition, from the 15th to the 18th Centuries, dealing with two themes: Religions Tradition and Daily Life (which included portraits and landscapes).
Museo de Arte de Querétaro,
hosted this beautiful collection
"The Kingdom of Form: Great
Masters". This Museum was
once the school of Theology and
Philosophy of the Augustinians
in Queretaro.
I visited the collection during its exhibition at the Museo de Arte in Querétaro in February, and I will share with you the pictures I believe are pertinent to the topic of the blog, that is, Faith in Art.

Adam and Eve, Lucas Cranach
the Elder

Adoration of the Child, Juan de
Castillo, 1590-1657, Spain.
This exhibition was a unique insight, an opportunity to travel through Europe, through 300 years, a divided Continent, a schism challenging the future of the Church founded by Jesus Christ, nurtured with the blood of its Martyrs.
The Virgin and Child with
Saints Francis, Lawrence,
 Catherine of Alexandria and 
Isabel of Hungary, 14th Century,
Tuscany, Italy
The message of the Gospels finds a medium, through the talents of these great masters of Painting, a medium by which millions in Belgium, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy and Spain would form a better understanding of the History of Salvation, the Old Testament, Creation, the loss of Paradise, the trials of  the People of Israel,  the Birth of Christ and the lives of the Saints.
The Virgin and Child with Angels,
Maestro di San Miniato, 15th Century

The Adoration of the Magi, Matias de Arteaga y
Alfaro, 1633-1703, Seville, Spain. Matias de
Arteaga was strongly influenced by Murillo,
and he probably worked in Murillo's shop in

The Legend of Mary Magdalene,
1515, Brussels, Belgium 

Saint Hippolytus blessing his family
after the death of Saint Lawrence,

Saint John Evangelist,
Alonso Cano, 1601-1667.
Granada, Spain
Saint John Evangelist giving
Holy Communion to the
Blessed Virgin,
Alonso Cano, 1601-1667.
Granada, Spain

The Resurrection of Lazarus,
15th Century, Flanders.

The Adoration of the Child,
Bartholomew Bruin, the Elder,
(1493-1555), Koln, Germany
The Burial of Christ,
Carved wood, Flanders.
15th Century.

Martyrdom of Saint
Adrian, Lambert Lombard
 (1505-1566) Belgium

Saint Agatha, Andrea Vaccaro (1598-
1670), Naples, Italy

An Angel appears to Saint Francis of
Assisi, Sebastian Gomez El Mulato ,
(1646-1682), Seville, Spain

Saint Francis of Assisi receiving the Holy Stigmata,
with Brother Leon, Francisco de Zurbaran,
(1598-1664), Madrid, Spain

Saint Gregory the Great, Andrea
Vaccaro (1598-1670), Naples

Saint Augustine, Francisco
de Zurbaran (1598-1664),
Madrid, Spain

Saint Isabel of Hungary
giving alms to the poor,
David Gran (1694-1737),

Creation of Adam, Jan Brueghel, the Younger,
(1601-1678), Ambers

Adam names the animals, Jan Brueghel,
the Younger, (1601-1678), Ambers
Temptation of Eve, Jan Brueghel, the Younger,
(1601-1678), Ambers

Expulsion from Paradise, Jan Brueghel,
the Younger, (1601-1678), Ambers

The Rapture of Europa, Bernardo Llorente Germán,
(1680-1759), Seville, Spain

The Rapture of Amphitrite, Bernardo Llorente
Germán, (1680-1759), Seville, Spain

Judith and the Head of Helofernes,
Paolo Caliari, the Veronese, (1528-1588)

The Daughters of Lot,
Paolo Caliari, the Veronese, (1528-1588)

The Triumph of the Church, Jan Ijkens, (1613-
1679), Ambers
Many of these masterpieces had an incalculable impact on the culture, the faith and the art in La Nueva España.
Three Angels,
Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682)
Seville, Spain
No better a way to finish a visit of Arte Sacra, then with a view of Heavenly Angels, thanks to the great Spanish master of masters of Baroque Art: Bartholomé Esteban Murillo.

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