June 16, 2017 - Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) - The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros donates 119 works of colonial art from Latin America to five museums
June 16, 2017

Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC)

Details of Juan Pedro López (1724–1787), Venezuela, Tabernacle, 18th century (Donation to the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin); Domingo Gutiérrez (1709–1793), Venezuela, Tabernacle, 18th century (Donation to Denver Art Museum); Juan Pedro López (1724–1787), Venezuela, Our Lady of Guidance, c. 1762 (Donation to MFA Boston); Antonio Mateo de Los Reyes (active 1725- 1766), Venezuela, Armchair for the Brotherhood of San Pedro, 1755 (Donation to Hispanic Society, NY); José Gil de Castro y Morales (1785–1841), Peru, Portrait of Don Juan Francisco de Izcué y Sáez Texada (Donation to MALI, Peru).

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros donates 119 works of colonial art from Latin America to five museums

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The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) is pleased to announce the donation of 119 pieces from its collection of colonial art, one of the five collections that comprise the CPPC, to five leading institutions committed to the conservation and study of the legacies of art from the colonial and early republican periods in Latin America: the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Hispanic Society Museum & Library, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts; and the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Peru.

The colonial art collection of the CPPC was formed with the intention to assemble a broad representation of Venezuelan art from the middle of the seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. This core is complemented by select works from the viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru, as well as pieces from elsewhere in the Spanish Caribbean.

The 119-piece donation from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to these five museums will expand the geographic and temporal representation of these institutions, with the primary objective of encouraging a broader, more diverse and inclusive view of Latin American artistic production from the 17th to mid-19th centuries.

In choosing these five institutions, the CPPC has carefully considered each museum’s collection and research focus. For the Blanton Museum of Art of the University of Texas, Austin, the donation will contribute to the founding nucleus of a collection of colonial and republican art, and will be an important complement to the museum’s remarkable and growing collection of modern and contemporary art that has made the Blanton a reference for scholarship in the field.

For the Denver Art Museum, which is the custodian of the largest and most extensive collection of colonial art in the United States, the donation of a group of works will add depth in Venezuela and the Caribbean, until now among the least represented regions in its collection. This donation also celebrates nearly half a century of Denver Art Museum's commitment to the study and dissemination of and education about Latin American colonial art.

The donation to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston represents the fruitful culmination of an institutional relationship that began in 2010. With this gift, the CPPC will formally transfer to the MFA a group of furniture, silver and paintings that had been on long-term loan and which originally served to complete the museum's colonial art collections on the occasion of the opening of the widely-admired Art of the Americas wing. The gift includes some additional works that enrich the initial group and extol the museum's continued effort and commitment to research and education about Latin American colonial art, and place this production in active dialogue with colonial art elsewhere in the Americas.

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York, one of the institutions to pioneer the collection and study of Latin American colonial art, will receive a significant piece of furniture: a golden armchair for the brotherhood of San Pedro of the Cathedral of Caracas. Made around 1755 by the cabinetmaker Antonio Mateo de los Reyes, this imposing armchair was used to place the life-size sculpture of the patron saint of the brotherhood. The chair will be the first Venezuelan colonial masterpiece to enter this collection.

A special donation is being made to the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), a museum considered a model among Latin American cultural institutions. With the donation of a portrait by the republican painter José Gil de Castro, the CPPC wishes to recognize the pioneering work being carried out by its patrons and staff.

Media Contact:
Mariana Barrera Pieck 
mbpieck [​at​] coleccioncisneros.org

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