Month: September 2017

The Met Honors Noted Mexican Baroque Painter with Exhibit


Cristóbal de Villalpando pic
Cristóbal de Villalpando

The owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon serves as a board member of several regional energy companies as well as some of the country’s leading cultural and nonprofit organizations. Among his affiliations, Duke Ligon is a board member of the Major Gifts Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

For three months, the Met will showcase the work of 17th-century Mexican painter Cristóbal de Villalpando. The exhibition features rare pieces by the artist such as Adoration of the Magi and The Holy Name of Mary.

In an unusual confluence of themes drawn from the New Testament and the Old, the Met is displaying Villalpando’s large-scale altarpiece painting depicting the prophet Moses with the bronze serpent alongside Jesus as He underwent the Transfiguration. The work, which the artist created for Puebla Cathedral, has never been part of a curated exhibit outside of Mexico.

Considered by critics as a master of the Mexican Baroque, Villalpando modified the European Baroque style with a lighter touch and brighter coloration to his work, while keeping the style’s richness of ornamentation and cultural references.