Middlebury College Museum of Art


Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art

January 26–April 22, 2018

The paintings, sculptures, works of silver, furniture, and other decorative objects of this exhibition demonstrate the wide range of artistic production and devotional practice of colonial Latin America. Drawn from the Collection of the Fondacion Cisneros, founded to enhance the appreciation of art from Latin America, the exhibition reveals the great wealth of the region from the late 17th century until the 1820s. Precious metals and rare wood varieties were available to local master artists and artisans who were also acquainted with luxury goods imported for the wealthy from Europe.

The exhibition is drawn from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection and is co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

Saint Michael the Archangel
Unidentified Artist (Mexico), Saint Michael the Archangel, 18th century, oil on canvas, 61 5/8 x 41 5/16 inches. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, 1998.239.