Portrait of Don Francisco José Pérez de Lanciego y Eguilaz

Portrait of Don Francisco José Pérez de Lanciego y Eguilaz

Juan Rodríquez Juárez, Mexican, 1675-1728
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

Juan Rodríquez Juárez, Portrait of Don Francisco José Pérez de Lanciego y Eguilaz, 1714. Oil paint on canvas; Framed 7 ft. 1¾ in. × 53⅜ × 2¼ in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.350.

frame height: 85 3/4 in, 217.8050 cm; frame width: 53 3/8 in, 135.5725 cm; frame depth: 2 1/4 in, 5.7150 cm
Signed, lower right "Joannes Rodriguez Xuarez F"
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Art

Descended from a long line of artists in colonial Mexico, Juan Rodríguez Juárez was the most accomplished artist of his day. His great grandfather, Luis Juárez, founded the family dynasty of painters in the early 17th century. In addition, Juan's grandfather, father and brother were also well known artists. Signed by the artist, this painting joins others in the Denver Art Museum collection signed by his great grandfather, Luis Juárez, and by Juan's brother, Nicolas.
     In addition to being a very individualized portrait of the Archbishop of Mexico this painting illustrates the wealth of the church and showcases symbols associated with the sitters role in the church. The cleric wears a gold necklace with a cross, possibly set with stones, and luxurious vestments. In front of him is a gold and silver processional crucifix and on the table to his right is a mitre hat, which indicates his rank in the Catholic church. The archbishop is shown with his nephew, pulling back the green velvet curtain, who accompanied him when traveling from Spain to Mexico. The cartouche in the lower left corner tells us information about about the Archbishop.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 25 November 2013 by Frederick and Jan Mayer 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.
Exhibition History
  • “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 10/24/2021 – 7/17/2022