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Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art

Unidentified artist, Saint Michael the Archangel, 18th century, oil on canvas, courtesy of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
February 8, 2019 - May 5, 2019
Members' Preview: February 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery

Surveying the rich production of art from the Spanish and Portuguese dominions in the Americas, Power and Piety presents fifty-seven works from the extensive Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Incorporating paintings, sculptures, silver pieces, furniture, and other decorative devotional objects, the exhibition includes art ranging from luxury items created for the church and nobility to anonymous pieces made for ordinary people. The exhibition and accompanying catalog contextualize the art within life, religion, and cultural and commercial exchange. Complementing EPMA’s Spanish colonial collection, Power and Piety also includes rarely seen colonial artworks from Brazil and the Caribbean.

The exhibition is drawn from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and is co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

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