Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque at The Met Fifth Avenue, July 25 – October 15, 2017

“Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714) emerged in the 1680s not only as the leading painter in viceregal Mexico, but also as one of the most innovative and accomplished artists in the entire Spanish world. Opening July 25 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Cristóbal deVillalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque features his earliest masterpiece, a monumental painting depicting the biblical accounts of Moses and the brazen serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus that waspainted in 1683 for a chapel in Puebla Cathedral. Newly conserved, this 28-foot-tall canvas has never been exhibited outside its place of origin. Ten additional works, most of which have never been shown in the United States, will also be exhibited. Highlights include Villalpando’s recently discovered Adoration of the Magi, on loan from Fordham University, and The Holy Name of Mary, from the Museum of the Basilica of Guadalupe.” — The Met

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). The Agony in the Garden, ca. 1670–79. Oil on canvas. Col. Museo de El Carmen, INAH Mexico City, Mexico

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus, 1683. Oil on canvas. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana. Secretaría de Cultura. Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural. Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción. Puebla, Mexico

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus (detail), 1683. Oil on canvas. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana. Secretaría de Cultura. Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural. Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción. Puebla, Mexico

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). The Adoration of the Magi, 1683. Oil on canvas. Fordham University Collection

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). The Deluge, 1689. Oil on copper. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana. Secretaría de Cultura. Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural. Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción. Puebla, Mexico

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). The Holy Name of Mary, ca. 1690–99. Oil on canvas. Col. Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe Mexico City, Mexico

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649 – 1714). Annunciation, 1706. Oil on canvas. Col. Museo Regional de Guadalupe, INAH Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C.

The exhibition was curated by Ronda Kasl, Curator of Latin American Art in The American Wing at The Met; Jonathan Brown, Carol and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; and Clara Bargellini, Professor, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Images courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.