St. Anthony of Padua’s Vision of the Christ Child
Oil on oval canvas
Att. to Luis (c. 1585-1639) and José (1617-1661) Juárez
49 3/4 x35 ¾ inches
Luis and José Juárez were two of the major painters of the Mexican Baroque.
They were a father and son in a line of family dynasties of painters, who learned painting from several Spanish artists who migrated to Mexico, and each other.
The strongest comparisons can be made of this panting to several versions of Luis Juárez’s San Francisco de Asís and other subjects of saints in his oeuvre.
The Child, however, is of a slightly more mature type, a little less ‘archaic Flemish’ than the paintings of Christ Child and angels in many of Luis’s works, leading us to believe that both father and son José probably participated in the creation of this work.