Adoration of the Shepherds
- Luis Lagarto, Spanish, 1556- after 1619
- Born: Seville, Spain
- Work Locations: Seville, Spain, Puebla, Mexico
gouache on parchment with gold leaf
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer
Luis Lagarto (Spanish). Adoration of the Shepherds. 1610. gouache on parchment with gold leaf. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer. 2014.211.
Dimensionsimage height: 10 in, 25.4000 cm; image width: 8 in, 20.3200 cm; frame height: 21.5 in, 54.6100 cm; frame width: 18.75 in, 47.6250 cm
InscriptionLuis Lagarto 1610
DepartmentMayer Center, Latin American Art
CollectionLatin American Art
Luis Lagarto (c. 1556-after 1619), the most famous book illuminator who worked in colonial Mexico, was apparently born in Seville, Spain, to the family of Juan Lagarto de Castro, a well-known teacher and illuminator. In Mexico by 1586, Luis Lagarto introduced the European tradition of book illumination to the New World where he worked in both Mexico City and Puebla. Both of his sons became artists and continued the family tradition in Mexico into the late seventeenth century. This example, signed and dated 1610 in the lower right, is the earliest dated painting by Lagarto and one of his most celebrated pieces. The painting demonstrates Lagarto's exquisite style, delicate execution, and his palette of rich pastels with jewel tones for accents and goldleaf details. It also demonstrates the quality of some of the immigrant artists who made their way to the New World from the Old. --Donna Pierce, 2015
Known ProvenanceGifted 25 November 2014 by the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail email@example.com, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
- "Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life 1521 - 1821," Denver Art Museum (April 3 - July 25, 2004) and Meadows Museum of Art (September 1 - October 31, 2004). "The Arts of Latin America 1492 - 1820," Philadelphia Musuem of Art (September 2006 - December 2006), Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (winter/spring 2007), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (summer 2007).