Portrait of Archbishop Fray Felipe Galindo Chávez y Pineda

c. 1700

Object

Artist

Attributed to Diego de Cuentas, Mexican
Active Dates: early 18th century - c.1744

Locale

Country

Object Info

Object: painting; portrait
Currently on view
Object ID: 2015.544

Medium/Technique

Oil on canvas

Credit

Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

More Info

Dimensions

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

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Spanish Colonial

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.

Extended Info

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