- unknown artist
Unknown artist, Crown, about 1740. Gilt silver; 8 × 7 in. Gift of the Robert Appleman family, 1992.393.
When Hernán Cortés and his small army arrived in Mexico in 1519, to their delight they found that gold and silver were abundant. American Indians had a long tradition of metalworking techniques, including filigree, casting, and hammering. Silversmiths from Spain began to immigrate to the Americas shortly after the conquest and introduced European forms and styles. Through time the synthesis of New and Old World styles became integrated, culminating in the lush excesses of colonial Baroque and Rococo metalwork. This crown would have adorned the head of a statue of a saint or the Virgin Mary.
--Donna Pierce, 2015
- “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 7/17/2022