- Sebastian Lopez de Arteaga, Spanish, 1610-1652
- Born: Seville, Spain
- Work Locations: Seville, Spain; Mexico
- Active Years: 1640-1652
Sebastian Lopez de Arteaga, Mexico, Saint Michael and the Bull, circa 1650
Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of Frank Barrows Freyer Collection by exchange and Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 1994.27
Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum
As part of the colonization effort in the Americas, Spaniards founded towns with cathedrals and civic buildings and established mission churches and schools in Indian settlements. Artists emigrated from Europe, particularly from Spain, Flanders, and Italy, to decorate these new buildings. Sebastián López de Arteaga arrived in Mexico from Seville around 1640. Since he died in 1652, only a handful of paintings survive by his hand.
This large, spectacular painting of the archangel Michael is signed by Arteaga in the lower left and dates from around 1650. It depicts the appearance of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano (in the boot heel of Italy) to a local bishop (lower left). Michael is explaining to the bishop that he caused an arrow shot by an angry farmer at his runaway bull to return toward the farmer instead. The miracle scene is visible near Michael’s left knee.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015
- "Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life 1521 - 1821", Denver Art Museum, April 3 - July 25, 2004 "Arts In Latin America 1492 - 1800", Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 2006 - September 2007. "El vuelo de las im