Saint Rose of Lima with Christ Child and Donor

Saint Rose of Lima with Christ Child and Donor

circa 1700
Juan Rodríquez Juárez, Mexican, 1675-1728
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

Juán Rodríquez Juárez, St. Rose of Lima with Christ Child and Donor, about 1700. Oil paint on canvas; 66 × 42 in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2014.216.

This object is currently on view
canvas height: 66 in, 167.6400 cm; canvas width: 42 in, 106.6800 cm; frame height: 75 1/2 in, 191.7700 cm; frame width: 52 1/8 in, 132.3975 cm; frame depth: 2 3/4 in, 6.9850 cm
Near bottom left corner, Ju. Rodriguez Xuarez F. at
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.
     St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), the first saint born in the New World, lived her entire life in Lima, Peru. Known for her Christian devotion as a child, she entered a Dominican convent (seen in the background) at an early age. In the painting, the band of rose thorns she wore around her forehead in imitation of the Crown of Thorns is visible. She had a particular devotion to the Christ Child, as evidenced in this painting which is based on a famous one by Murillo now in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid. In addition, the accomplished modeling of the white fabrics creates a strong sense of volume and recalls the works of another great Spanish artist, Zurburan.
   Unlike the Murillo prototype, Rodríguez Juárez has superimposed a portrait of a donor figure in the lower right corner of the composition. The lovely portrait depicts a young woman, probably named for the saint, wearing an elegant dress decorated with embroidery and lace and elaborate jewelry of gold, pearls and emeralds, both typical of the upper classes in Spain and Mexico around 1700.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 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, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • "The Arts In Latin America, 1492-1820," Los Angeles County Museum of Art (August 5 - October 28, 2007). "Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America," December 2014 - December 2016, Denver Art Museum.

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