Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jose Salome Pina

Saint Charles Borromeo Handing out Alms to the People
oil on canvas
280 x 215 cm
Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico city, Mexico

Jose Salome Pina (1830-1909) was a Mexican painter. He was one of the most famous 19th-century Mexican artists.

He was schooled in the arts at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. In 1854, he competed for a pension in Rome, which he won. In 1856, he was awarded a grant to study in Paris, joining the studio of Charles Gleyre. After some time in Paris, he moved back to Rome in 1860 to complete his study of the classics. In 1865, he was commissioned to make a painting commemorating the visit to Rome of Archduke Maximilian on a trip to see Pope Pius IX. He was unable to finish this work, though there are sketches of the painting on display at the Museo Nacional de Historia. These sketches support the theory that he conducted his work from photographs. In 1869, he became a professor at the Academy of San Carlos.

At the time of his death in 1909, his works had largely become unpopular with his students as the contemporary Mexican art had trended away from religious art. Both German Gedovius and Diego Rivera studied under Pina. In the modern day, he is remembered as an important art figure in Mexican history.