“Portrait of Doña Maria Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas” by Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz (Mexican, 1713-1772). The genre of this portrait, which depicts a young woman on the eve of entering a convent, reached its apogee in the second half of the eighteenth century. The painting follows established pictorial conventions: the sitter is shown in three-quarter view against a velvet curtain, and her pose, as well as her attire and the objects with which she is depicted, serve as markers of social standing.
(Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Mexico’s Flourishing 18th Century Art (Click Photos to Enlarge!)