Saturday, August 1, 2015

Juan Rodriguez Juarez

San Juan de Dios
between 1695 and 1728
oil on canvas
174.5 × 110.5 cm
Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain

Juan Rodriguez Juarez (1675-1728) was a Mexican painter in the Viceroyalty of New Spain. He was a member of a Spanish family long noted for their accomplishments in the world of painting. His father was a notable Spanish painter. His brother 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.

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.