Past Exhibitions

Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art

March 19, 2016 to December 9, 2018


This exhibition will be on tour from 2016–2019.



March 19–April 17: Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, Florida)

August 20–November 12: Loyola University Museum of Art (Chicago, Illinois)

December 3–February 26, 2017: Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida (Ocala, Florida)



July 16–September 24: Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis, Tennessee)

October 14–January 7, 2018: Figge Art Museum (Davenport, Iowa)



March 2–April 22: Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, Vermont)

August 25–December 9: Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, Pennsylvania)



February 8–May 5: El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, Texas)


The exhibition Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art is made up of 57 objects, including paintings, sculptures, silver pieces, furniture and decorative devotional objects from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. These objects were created in Latin American during the Hispanic and Republican periods, from the early seventeenth century through the mid-nineteenth century. They showcase a wide range of artistic production and the finesse of local masters. Together these works offer an opportunity to learn about the daily life and religious practices of colonial Latin America and they shed light on the the nature of commercial exchange in the region. 


Illustrated Lecture: "Religious Art in the Spanish Caribbean"

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium
The Society of the Four Arts
2 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Illustrated lecture complementing the “Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art” exhibit, on display from March 19, 2016 through April 17, 2016. The lecture will be held in the Walter S. Gublemann Auditorium with curator Jorge F. Rivas Pérez.


  • Fernando Álvarez Carneiro, La Santísima Trinidad (1730)

    Fernando Álvarez Carneiro

    The Holy Spirit


    Oil on canvas

    160.8 x 103.1 cm

    Denver Art Museum...

  • Desconocido, Brasil, Naveta (c. 1800)

    Unidentified artist, Brazil

    Incense Boat

    c. 1800


    14 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston...

  • Desconocido, Venezuela, Via Crucis. VII Estación: Jesús cae por segunda vez (1759)

    Unidentified artist, Venezuela

    Via Crucis—Station VII: Jesus Falls for the Second Time


    Oil on wood

    39.5 x 37 cm

    Blanton Museum of Art...

  • José Ramón Cardozo

    Armchair for the Choir of the Caracas Cathedral


    Mahogany, velvet upholstery

    135.5 x 79 x 65 cm

    Denver Art Museum...

  • Juan Pedro López

    Saint Matthew

    c. 1770

    Oil on canvas

    138.4 x 95.9 cm

    Denver Art Museum...

  • Juan Pedro López

    Our Lady of Guidance

    c. 1762

    Oil on wood

    100.3 x 69.2 cm

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston...

  • Domingo Tomás Núñez


    c. 1790


    16.4 x 15 x 7 cm

    Denver Art Museum...

  • Unknown

    Tabernáculo [Tabernacle]

    Second half of the 18th Century

    Polychromatic and gilded wood and mirrors

    Open: 129.9 x 91.5 x 261.6 cm (51 1/8 x 36 x 103 inches) Closed: 129.9 x 91.4 x 50.2 cm (51 1/8 x 36 x 19 3/4 inches)

  • Unidentified artist, Indo-Portuguese

    Virgin Mary

    18th Century

    Polychromed ivory and gilded wood

    36 x 11.5 x 8 cm (14 3/16 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8")

  • Juan José Landaeta

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel


    Oil, gold and silver on canvas

    65.4 x 48.9 cm (25 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.)