Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spanish Colonial Art Show Rooted in Christian Piety Ends Sunday

By Jan Sjostrom
Many of the elaborately carved and gilded frames in Spanish Colonial Art exhibit, such as the one ringing this 18th-century painting by an unidentified artist of “Our Lady of Sorrows,” are original. The show is at The Society of the Four Arts through Sunday.
FLORIDA---For a wealthy resident of the Spanish Caribbean during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, one of the best ways to climb the social ladder was to bankroll an expensive and showy piece of art for the church. The product of this confluence of wealth and devotion is on view in “Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art” at The Society of the Four Arts. Organized by the Museum of Biblical Art and Art Services International, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of Venezuelan art connoisseur Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. [link]

The Society of the Four Arts: "Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art" (through Sunday); 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL; (561) 655-7226;
Juan Pedro López (1724–1787) “Our Lady of Light” ca. 1765, Oil on canvas, 76 x 52 in. Courtesy of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros