A rich tradition of religious painting flourished in New Mexico during the years prior to statehood in 1912. These colorful, narrative panels, or retablos, depict Christian saints and holy figures and were worshiped in churches and private homes. Their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries remains a largely overlooked episode of the history of art in New Mexico. The exhibition features for the first time approximately 90 painted wood panels from one of the finest private collections of retablos in the world. A catalog has been published to accompany the exhibition and will be available for purchase in The Museum Store.
Flight into Egypt, José Rafael Aragón, c. 1820-1860. Natural pigments on wood panel. Collection of Janis and Dennis Lyon.
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.
The exhibition and accompanying catalog have been generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through its American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius program.
Major support for the exhibition has been provided by American Express Company.