Large Processional Crucifix, Late 18th Century
Mexican Religious Art
wood, gesso, pigment
44” high x 23” wide x 8” deep
Provenance: Collection of Rose and Cecil Quintana, Portland, OR
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With the coming of the Spanish to Mexico, the native peoples were introduced to European art, especially painting, and building techniques. A good many Spanish paintings were brought to Mexico, and during the 17th century, gifted native artists became adept at religious oil painting, modeling religious figures in wax, and the art of polychrome wood sculpture.
The Mexican artisans infused their traditional Indigenous aesthetic into their works, softening the intensity of the European works, giving their pieces a more folk art quality. This processional cross is an exquisite example of the native influence with the softened pigments and serene face of christ.