Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Villalpando at the Palacio Iturbide, downtown Mexico CIty, only until June 4th, 2017

If you want to see all the best works of the foremost baroque painter of New Spain, Cristobal de Villalpando (1649-1714), in one exhibit, and you will be in Mexico City during the next few days, this is your last chance to see the show before it moves to the Met in New York City.
Display announcing exhibit
at the front entrance of the
Palacio de Iturbide, on
Calle Madero, downtown
Mexico City

The Transfiguration of 
Christ by Villapando, which
we saw in very poor
condition at the Cathedral
of Puebla, has been
completely restored.  

Villalpando creates in this magnificent masterpiece
a juxtaposition of Moses with the serpent of bronze
 and the Transfiguration of Christ with the Apostles

The composition created by Villalpando on the
Transfiguration is full of scriptural content as
well as theological content.

Villalpando creates a whirl
wind of actions in this work
full of drama, a typical
element of baroque art.
The Israelites rally around Moses and Aaron and
the Bronze Serpent, seeking a cure against the
snake bites they received during the plague.

The scenery used by Villalpando includes Calvary,
the desert of the Exodus and Mount Tabor.

Christ descended from the

The Holy Family was a work
done by Villalpando during
his second period (1680-
1688) and is part of the
Cathedral of Puebla

The Flight into Egypt was
executed by Villalpando
during his final period
It is part of the Tepotzotlan
Museum Collection

Agony in the Garden,
corresponds to his first
period (1670-1679) and
is part of the Museo del
Carmen collection.

Adam and Eve in Paradise (1689),  oil painting
on cooper.

Saint Theresa receiving her
veil of silk and her collar
from Saint Joseph and the
Blessed Mother, part of the
collection of La Profesa

Martyrdom of a Saint
(1700-1714), private

Saint Catherine of
Alexandria (1690): this work
was only recently discovered.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola
(1680-1689) collection of the
Museum of the Basilica of
Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Saint Agnes of
Montepulciano (1690-1699)
in the collection of the
Museum of the Basilica of
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Adam and Eve at the foot
 of the Tree of Life form the
introduction to a series of
Marian Allegories (1706).

The Annunciation is the
perfect correction of the
mistake of Adam and Eve

The Mystical City of God. 

A closer look at the Mystical City.

Our Lady of the Rosary.

Floral detailing in the corner
of the pait


Our Lady of Mercy with the
martyred saints Vincent,
Prosperus and Victorinus.
Conciliar Seminary
Collection (1690-1699),
oil on wood.

The Virgin of the Stairway
La Profesa Collection

Our Lady of Aranzazu


1 comment:

  1. Patrick, Thanks for the heads up and the good pictures. R

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