Christ Teaching in the Temple

Christ Teaching in the Temple

late 1600s
unknown artist
Oil paint with shell inlay on wood panel (enchonchado technique).
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift 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.

height: 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
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin 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 Provenance
Bequest of Robert Stroessner 27 December 1991 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.