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Virgin and Child

Juan Rodríguez Juárez, Mexican, c. 1675 - 1728

Made in Mexico, North and Central America

c. 1700

Oil on copper

11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 372, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903

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Juan 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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