Cristobal de Villalpando (1649 - 1714) emerged in the 1680s not only as the leading painter in Mexico, but also as one of the most innovative and accomplished artist in the entire Spanish world. The exhibition features his earliest masterpiece, a monumental painting showing two scenes-Moses and the brazen serpent, and the Transfiguration of Jesus-in an unprecedented juxtaposition of these Old and New Testament subjects. Ten additional works are shown that demonstrate Villalpando's engagement with concepts of invention and professional identity, his ability to convey complex subject matter, and his capacity to envision the divine.

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