Christ on the Cross

Christ on the Cross

1762, Birth Date-Death Date: c. 1725 - 1803
José de Alcíbar, Mexican, c.1730-1801
painting, crucifix
Oil paint on panel
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Gift of Carl Patterson in honor of John Montague and Charles Lehman

José de Alcíbar, Christ on the Cross, 1762. Oil paint on panel; 12 × 9⅜ × ⅜ in. Gift of Carl Patterson in honor of John Montague and Charles Lehman, 2012.266.

overall height: 12 in, 30.4800 cm; overall width: 9 5/16 in, 23.6538 cm; overall depth: 3/8 in, 0.9525 cm
"1762 Alcibar fct"
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Art
This object is currently on view

It is thought that painted crucifixes, such as this example, were hung in the convent cells of nuns. They were painted in Mexico and South America by many of the most famous artists of the time. Jose de Alcíbar (active 1751-1803), the painter of this crucifix, was a disciple of Miguel Cabrera, a member of the intelligentsia, and  was active in the efforts to establish an art academy in Mexico as early as the 1750s. When the Royal Academy of Art was finally founded in 1781, he was one of the first professors of painting.  His career spans the transition from late Baroque to full-fledged Neo-Classicism and he was adept at both.  This painting is signed by Alcíbar and dated 1762, making it an example of his early work still in the Baroque tradition.
-- Julie Wilson Frick and Sabena Kull, 2018

Known Provenance
Gifted 29 May 2012 to the Denver Art Museum by Carl Patterson of Denver, CO in honor of John Montague and Charles Lehman. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.