Portrait of Archbishop Fray Felipe Galindo Chávez y Pineda

Portrait of Archbishop Fray Felipe Galindo Chávez y Pineda

c. 1700
Diego de Cuentas, Mexican
Active Dates: early 18th century - c.1744
Attributed to
Guadalajara, Mexico
painting, portrait
Oil on canvas
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

Attributed to Diego de Cuentas, Portrait of Archbishop Fray Felipe Galindo Chávez y Pineda, about 1700. Oil paint on canvas; 6 ft. 8½ in. × 50½ in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2015.544.

stretcher height: 80.5 in, 204.4700 cm; stretcher width: 50.5 in, 128.2700 cm; frame height: 95.75 in, 243.2050 cm; frame width: 63.75 in, 161.9250 cm
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Art

In addition to being a very individualized portrait of the Archbishop of Guadalajara, this painting illustrates the wealth of the Church and showcases symbols associated with the sitter's role in the Church. The cleric wears vestments, crafted of luxurious fabrics, and a cross set with jewels, possibly emeralds, suspended from a gold chain. A long beaded rosary hangs from his waist and on his right hand is a gold ring, set with a stone. On the table are books, an inkwell, and a bishop’s miter (hat) decorated with six jeweled pins. The sitter's accomplishments are outlined in the scroll in the lower left, and his tasseled family coat of arms appears at upper left.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017

Known Provenance
Gifted 23 November 2015 by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Collection of Denver, CO, 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
  • Exhibited at the DAM in 1993
  • installation, 2000 - 2011, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ. "Glitterati: Portraits and Jewelry from Colonial Latin America" Denver Art Museum, November 2014 - November 2016.

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