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Rubens in New Spain (Mexico): The Directions of Influence

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

This two-part presentation explores Peter Paul Rubens's influence on Mexican artists and the continuing tradition of Mexican and Mexican American art and printmaking.

In part one, Clara Bargellini, art history professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, explains and shows examples of how indigenous and European artists in Mexico used prints by Rubens as models for religious paintings.

Peter Paul Rubens had an enormous influence on the art of New Spain, as Mexico was known during the colonial age. King Philip IV commissioned and imported paintings by Rubens, which gave them prestige and a royal stamp of approval. Rubens's compositions reached New Spain in the form of prints and paintings on copper, exerting a strong pull on Mexican artists from the 1650s. The monumental canvases that decorate the sacristy of the cathedral of Mexico City, for example, are strikingly Rubensian in their compositions.

In part two of the presentation, artist Artemio Rodriguez discusses contemporary work by graphic artists in Mexico and Los Angeles. Rodriguez is a renowned printmaker and the founder of La Mano press, an artist-run center dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of printmaking.

This presentation complements Rubens and His Printmakers, which explores the close working relationship between Rubens and his many printmakers.

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