Saturday, July 18, 2015

Miguel Cabrera

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Mexican nun and savante
oil on canvas
other details unknown
for more paintings of this artist
art group of Imaginary-Museum

Miguel Mateo Maldonado y Cabrera (1695-1768) was a painter from the Viceroyalty of New Spain, in today's Mexico.
He was born in Antequera, today's Oaxaca, Oaxaca, of unknown parents, and moved to Mexico City in 1719. He was an abandoned child. He may have studied under the Rodriguez Juarez brothers or Jose de Ibarra. He was a favorite painter of the city's Archbishop and of the Jesuit order, which earned him many commissions. His work was influenced by Bartolome Esteban Murillo and the French painting of his time.

During his lifetime, he was recognized as the greatest painter in all of New Spain. He created religious and secular art for the Catholic Church and wealthy patrons. His casta paintings, depicting interracial marriage among Indians, Spaniards and Africans, are considered the genre's finest. He is considered the foremost representative of eighteenth century colonial art.