Saint Joseph holding the Christ Child

Saint Joseph holding the Christ Child

circa 1710
Artist
Melchor Pérez Holguín, Bolivian, 1660-1732
Born: cochabamba
Work Locations: Potosi, Bolivia
Country
Bolivia
Style/Tradition
Potosi School
painting
Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas.
Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner
1992.67
Melchor Pérez Holguín (Bolivian). Saint Joseph holding the Christ Child. circa 1710. Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas.. Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner. 1992.67.
Dimensions
image height: 22.75 in, 57.7850 cm; image width: 17.75 in, 45.0850 cm; frame height: 33 in, 83.8200 cm; frame width: 28 in, 71.1200 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Melchor Perez Holguin was a mestizo (half Spanish, half Indian) born in Cochabamba, Bolivia around 1665. He was trained as an artist in the European Baroque style, particularly influenced by Murillo and Zurbaran, and spent his life painting in Potosi where he had a large workshop. He is widely considered as the most skilled and influential colonial artist of Bolivia. His paintings were exported throughout South America.
     This image of St. Joseph holding the Christ child and white lilies was painted by Holguin using a European print source, however the Christ child wears a woven belt in the Andean style, a distinctive New World addition. The use of gold leaf patterning in the halo and lace trim is exclusive to Cuzco and the surrounding highland areas of Bolivia.
-- Julie Wilson Frick & Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Bequest of Robert Stroessner 11 March 1992 to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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