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Envisioning the Divine: Villalpando at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by BFP Staff on Sep 19, 2017 at 09:02 PM

Mexican baroque artist, Cristóbal Villalpando (1649 –1714).

By Dr. Sam Ben-Meir
This month, the Robert Lehman Wing of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the work of Mexican baroque artist, Cristóbal Villalpando (1649 –1714). The highlight of the show is Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus (1683), a staggering 28-foot tall altarpiece that until now has never left its home in Puebla Cathedral.
Two distinct scenes are unfolding within a landscape that includes at once the wilderness of Exodus, and the Holy Mounts of Calvary and Tabor. It is of such scale and scope that one is swept away by the sheer grandeur of it.


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