A Rare Mexican Painting Arrives at the Currier Museum of Art
The Circumcision of Christ is a distinctive work painted partly on shells connects the Americas to Asia and Europe.
MANCHESTER, NH.- The Currier Museum of Art opens an exciting new chapter in its collection with the acquisition of a Mexican painting from around 1700. Not only is it a powerful example of Spanish colonial painting, it is made in a mixture of techniques that blends the arts of Mexico, Europe, and Asia.
The Circumcision of Christ is delicately painted in oils on a combination of wood and thin pieces of seashell (called mother-of-pearl). The artist used the shimmering iridescence of the shell to enhance the costumes and setting. [More]