Mexico’s Flourishing 18th Century Art

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“Assumption of the Virgin” This work is part of a series of paintings of the Life of the Virgin, probably from an altarpiece, created by Antonio de Torres for the missionary college of Guadalupe in Zacatecas. Inspired by the Mística Ciudad de Dios (Mystical City of God; 1670), written by the Spanish nun María de Jesús de Ágreda, the peculiar scene depicts the Virgin twice—below, between Saint Peter and Saint John, and above, rising to meet the Trinity. The repetition emphasizes Mary’s duality as body and soul. The angel gazing out invites the viewer to reflect on the mystery.

(Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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