Saturday, May 9, 2015

Juan Rodriguez Juarez

The Virgin of the Carmen with Saint Theresa and Saint John of the Cross
oil on canvas
281 x 238 cm
Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico
other detail unknown

Juan Rodriguez Juarez (1675-1728) was an artist in the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Like many artists in New Spain during the late Baroque period, he followed the trend of painting portraits of the local nobility. These works followed European models, with symbols of rank and titles either displayed unattached in the outer portions or worked into another element of the paintings such as curtains.

He was a member of a Spanish family long noted for their accomplishments in the world of painting. He was the son of Antonio Rodriguez, a notable Spanish painter. His brother Nicolas, was also a famous contemporary artist in the Spanish colony. His maternal grandfather and maternal great great grandfather were also notable painters in Spanish history and prominent in the Baroque era.