“Saint Charles Borromeo and the Allegory of the Arts” Attributed to Rafael Gutiérrez (Mexican, ca. 1750-1792) The artist was a member of the faculty of the Royal Academy of San Carlos. He created this allegory to mark the academy’s second awards ceremony, which took place on November 4, the feast day of Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584). the saint is surrounded by allegorical figures representing the arts. The young boy wearing a feathered headdress (a personification of America) and holding the portrait of King Charles III stands for the academy’s student body, poised to receive the royal prize.
(Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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