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Mexican Painter of the Baroque: Cristóbal de Villalpando at the Met, New York

His work lines the walls of cathedrals across Mexico, and now Cristóbal de Villalpando’s work will be the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Titled ‘Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque,’ the exhibition will run until mid-October.

The exhibition presents a selection of works by leading Mexican painter of late 17th century Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714), known for his decorative and luminous Baroque works that adorn the interiors of many cathedrals in Mexico. The show centers around the earliest masterpiece by this one of the most innovative and accomplished artists in the entire Spanish world to emerge in the 1680s, depicting Moses and the brazen serpent in one scene, and the Transfiguration of Jesus in the other. On view for the first time outside its place of origin in Puebla, Mexico, this 1863 monumental painting is a unique juxtaposition of two Old and New Testament subjects. Besides this 28-foot tall work, the show also features 10 additional works, including his recently discovered ‘Adoration of the Magi’ loaned from Fordham University, and ‘The Holy Name of Mary’ from the Museum of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, underscoring the artist’s creative tryst with concepts of invention and professional identity, his mastery in dealing with complex subject matter, and his capacity to envision the divine. 

The exhibition is on view through October 15, 2017, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, USA.

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