The CPPC Donates 119 Works of Colonial Art to Five Museums in the American Continent

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Introduction

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) is pleased to announce the donation of 119 pieces from its collection of colonial art, one of the five collections that comprise the CPPC, to five leading institutions committed to the conservation and study of the legacies of art from the colonial and early republican periods in Latin America: the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Hispanic Society Museum & Library, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts; and the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Peru.

About the Colonial Art Collection

The colonial art collection of the CPPC was formed with the intention to create a broad representation of Venezuelan art from the middle of the seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century.  This core is complemented by select works from the viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru, as well as pieces from elsewhere in the Spanish Caribbean.

This 119-piece donation from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to these five museums will expand their geographic and temporal horizons, with the primary objective of encouraging a broader, more diverse and inclusive view of Latin American artistic production from the 17th to mid-19th centuries.

The Museums

Blanton Museum

For the Blanton Museum of Art of the University of Texas, Austin, the donation of 83 works will contribute to the founding nucleus of a collection of colonial and republican art, and will be an important complement to the museum’s remarkable and growing collection of modern and contemporary art that has made the Blanton a reference for scholarship in the field.

Denver Art Museum

For the Denver Art Museum, the custodian of the largest and most extensive collection of colonial art in the United States, the donation of a group of 25 pieces will add depth to its holdings from Venezuela and the Caribbean, until now among the least represented regions in its collection. This donation also celebrates nearly half a century of the Denver Art Museum's commitment to the study and dissemination of and education about Latin American colonial art.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In the case of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the gift—consisting of nine works—represents the fruitful culmination of an institutional relationship that began in 2010. With this gift, the CPPC will formally transfer to the MFA a group of furniture, silver and paintings that had been on long-term loan and which originally served to complete the museum's colonial art collections on the occasion of the opening of the widely-admired Art of the Americas wing. The gift includes some additional works that enrich the initial group and extol the museum's continued effort and commitment to research and education about Latin American colonial art, and place this production in active dialogue with North American colonial art.

Hispanic Society Museum & Library

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York, one of the institutions to pioneer the collection and study of Latin American colonial art, will receive a very important piece of furniture: the golden armchair for the brotherhood of San Pedro of the Cathedral of Caracas. Made around 1755 by the cabinetmaker Antonio Mateo de los Reyes, this imposing armchair, the first Venezuelan colonial masterpiece to enter this important collection, was used to seat the life-size sculpture of the patron saint of the brotherhood.

Museo de Arte de Lima

A special donation is being made to the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), a museum considered a model among Latin American cultural institutions. With the donation of an important portrait by the republican painter José Gil de Castro, the CPPC wishes not only to add this work to the collection, but to also recognize the pioneering work being carried out by its patrons and staff.

Selection of Images of Artworks

  • Juan Pedro López

    Our Lady of Guidance

    c. 1762

    Oil on wood

    100.3 x 69.2 cm

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  • Antonio Mateo de Los Reyes, Silla

    Antonio Mateo de Los Reyes

    Armchair

    c. 1755

    Spanish cedar, painted and gilded

    107 x 77 x 56 cm

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  • Francisco José Cardozo

    Fleuron

    Late 18th Century

    Gilded Spanish cedar

    50 x 120 cm

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  • Antonio Mateo de Los Reyes

    Armchair for the Brotherhood of San Pedro

    1755

    Carved and gilded Spanish cedar

    140 x 83 x 65 cm

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  • Serafín Antonio Almeida

    Easy Chair

    c. 1795–1800

    Spanish cedar veneered in gateado and carreto woods

    124.5 x 77 x 80 cm

    Denver Art Museum...

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  • Juan Pedro López

    Saint Matthew

    c. 1770

    Oil on canvas

    138.4 x 95.9 cm

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  • Domingo Tomás Núñez

    Sacrarium

    c. 1790

    Silver

    16.4 x 15 x 7 cm

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  • Antonio José Landaeta

    Immaculate Conception

    c. 1795

    Oil on canvas

    75.6 x 47.6 cm

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  • Unidentified artist, Venezuela

    Our Lady of Sorrows

    18th Century

    Oil on wood

    26.7 x 19.7 cm

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  • Joseph P. Whiting

    Easy Chair

    c. 1830

    Spanish cedar and mahogany

    97.8 x 68.6 x 72.4 cm

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  • José Gil de Castro y Morales, Retrato de Don Juan Francisco de Izcue y Sáez de Texada (1834)

    José Gil de Castro y Morales

    Portrait of Don Juan Francisco de Izcue y Sáez de Texada

    1834

    Oil on canvas

    100 x 85 cm

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  • Domingo Gutiérrez, Tabernáculo [Tabernacle] (18th Century)

    Domingo Gutiérrez

    Tabernacle

    18th Century

    Gilded Spanish cedar

    Closed: 52.2 x 33 x 10.2 cm; Open: 52.2 x 41.9 x 10.2 cm

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  • Juan Pedro López

    Tabernacle with Saints Joachim and Anne

    18th Century

    Oil and tempera on wood

    Closed: 91 x 58 x 16.5 cm; Open: 91.1 x 88.3 x 16.5 cm

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  • Juan Pedro López, Nuestra Señora del Carmen (c. 1760)

    Juan Pedro López

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    c. 1760

    Oil on canvas

    50.2 x 36.2 cm

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  • Unidentified artist, Venezuela

    Side Chair

    c. 1825

    Mahogany

    90 x 49 x 51 cm

    Blanton Museum...

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