Cristobal de Villalpando arrives at the New York´s Met

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

This is the first time that a set of pieces of the artist, arrive to the U.S.

The work of the Mexican painter, Cristobal de Villalpando, has arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of New York (MET) where it will remain until October 5 and where some of the most representative pieces of the artist will be displayed.

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This is the first time in almost 30 years that the work of a Mexican is presented in this enclosure, since the last exhibition dedicated to Mexico in the Met was "Splendors of 30 centuries", which was mounted in 1990.

One of the most outstanding works of the exhibition "Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque" is the monumental painting "Moses and the bronze serpent and the transfiguration of Jesus", which is 8.5 meters high, and this is the first time that leaves Mexico, besides that this is one of the few occasions in which it has left the Cathedral of Puebla, place for where it was created.

Cristóbal de Villalpando (Mexico City, 1649-1714), is considered the most important painter of New Spain, as well as one of the most innovative of the Hispanic world, and is a clear example of the powerful tradition of painting that existed in the country.

VILLALPANDO REV© Cristóbal de Villalpando

In the exhibition we will also be able to appreciate another 10 works of smaller format that had never been in the United States, and something interesting is that the exhibit is dedicated to a single painter, something that is not very common in this museum.

The exhibition was supervised by Ronda Kasl, curator of Latin American art at the Met, and Jonathan Brown, a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU.

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In addition, this exhibition was supported by Fomento Cultural Banamex with support from Citibanamex, Diez Morodo Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and the General Consulate of Mexico in New York.

Likewise, in conjunction with the exhibition, a catalog has been published that can be purchased in English and Spanish, and which will include the most representative works of the exhibition.

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