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"The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico: Treasures from the Museo Franz Mayer"
2002-03-24 until 2002-08-04
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The rich heritage of Mexico comes alive in The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico: Treasures from the Museo Franz Mayer. This exhibition is the first in the United States to celebrate the culture of viceregal Mexico, an extraordinary era (1521-1821) when Spanish viceroys ruled Mexico.
cLocated in Mexico City, the Museo Franz Mayer houses an incomparable collection of Mexican colonial arts assembled by financier Franz Mayer (1882-1975). Although born and reared in Germany, Mayer cherished the heritage of his adopted country, Mexico. He created a museum and donated his substantial collection to the Mexican nation.
The Franz Mayer collection reveals that influences from many cultures-Pre-Columbian, Spanish, Islamic, and Chinese-came together in the art of colonial Mexico. The objects exhibited at the MFAH testify to this fascinating confluence of cultures.
Miguel de Herrera,
Portrait of a Lady,
1782, oil on canvas,
Museo Franz Mayer,