Gilded, Carved, and Embossed

   February 22, 2023 - July 23, 2023
   Benton Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

Unidentified Artist | Our Lady of Mercy with Saints Peter Nolasco and Raymond Nonnatus | 17th-18th Century | Oil and gold on embossed, chased & engraved copper | Jamie Stukenberg | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation

Artists Included:
Unidentified Artist, N Garcia O,

This exhibition emphasizes the inventive flair and visual sensibilities that Latin American artists brought to their work. Through approximately twenty-five paintings and sculptures, many graciously lent to Pomona College by the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Foundation, visitors will encounter a broad range of artistic materials and techniques as well as a dramatic variety in scale. Objects from present-day Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Brazil will be included. These often glittering examples of skill and creativity also reflect the dynamics of political power. The forced spread of Catholicism in the Americas created a need for visual tools of conversion; the American artists employed to render these subjects imbued them with local significance, thereby fashioning a separate chapter of art history that we now celebrate.

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