Christ Teaching in the Temple
- unknown artist
MediumOil paint with shell inlay on wood panel (enchonchado technique).
Credit LineGift of Robert J. Stroessner
Unknown artist, Christ Teaching in the Temple, 1600s. Oil paint with shell inlay on wood panel; 11¼ × 14½ in. Gift of Robert J. Stroessner, 1991.1160.
Dimensionsheight: 11.25 in, 28.5750 cm; width: 14.5 in, 36.8300 cm; frame height: 15 in, 38.1000 cm; frame width: 18.5 in, 46.9900 cm
DepartmentMayer Center, Latin American Art
CollectionLatin American Art
This object is currently on view
During the colonial period in Mexico, a unique art form known as enconchado was invented and may be related to both pre-conquest shell mosaic and Asian shell inlay traditions. Enconchado panels and objects were inset with pieces of mother-of-pearl and then painted with oil paints thinned to a translucence, to allow the shimmer of the pearl to shine through the paint. Various workshops in Mexico City and other areas produced these stunning and unusual works of art.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015
Known ProvenanceBequest of Robert Stroessner 27 December 1991 to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.