European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin and ChildMade in Mexico, North and Central America
Juan Rodríguez Juárez, Mexican, c. 1675 - 1728
Oil on copper
1903-878The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903
LabelJuan Rodríguez Juárez was the last in a large family of painters, and this private devotional image demonstrates his mastery of painting on copper and the luminescent tones that this material can create. Although compositions on copper were common in colonial Mexico, this work stands out because its reverse contains a long inscription that indicates it was originally used as a printing plate for a children’s grammar textbook.
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