• Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art

    The Phoenix Art Museum has announced the Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art exhibition, at the the Phoenix Art Museum, September 5, 2015
    to February 28, 2016.

    This landmark exhibition features a selection of remarkable paintings as well as a grouping of retablos (small-scale paintings on copper or tin) recently acquired by Phoenix Art Museum from the Estate of Gerry S. Culpepper and the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation. With the exception of one exquisite 18th-century Mexican painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe—on display here for the first time—these paintings were all created in the 18th century in the Viceroyalty of Peru, a territory that encompassed present-day Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, among other modern South American nations. The exhibited retablos, on the other hand, were primarily produced in Mexico in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

    A generous gift of funds from Shawn and Joe Lampe enabled the Museum to undertake the cleaning and restoration of these donated paintings. Thanks to the generosity of leading members of the Phoenix community Milena and Tony Astorga, Pari and Peter Banko, Lee and Mike Cohn, Mary and Harold Dorenbecher, Susan and Carter Emerson, Janis and Dennis Lyon, and Gail and Steve Rineberg, we were then able to frame these restored works of art.

    This exhibition will be accompanied by a free, public symposium on Spanish Colonial art developed in collaboration with scholars from the Herberger School for Art and Design, Arizona State University. This event will be held in the Phoenix Art Museum’s Whiteman Auditorium on September 30th 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    For additional details see www.phxart.org/exhibition/colonialmasters.

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