Exhibitions


  • Unidentified artist
    Tabernacle, 18th Century
    Gilded and painted wood, polychromed calcite, gilded metal, glass
    74.9 x 32 x 14.9 cm (29 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, no. 1996.94

  • Unidentified artist
    Christ Child, 18th century
    Ivory, gilded and painted wood, mirrors
    55.5 x 22 x 17.5 cm (21 7/8 x 8 11/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, no. 1990.54

  • Unidentified artist
    Saint Michael the Archangel, 18th century
    Oil on canvas
    156.5 x 104.9 cm (61 5/8 x 41 5/16 in.)
    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, no. 1998.239

  • Unidentified artist
    Our Lady of Sorrows, 18th century
    Oil on wood
    26 x 19.7 cm (10 1/4 x 7 3/4 in.)
    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, no. 2001.67

  • Antonio Mateo de Los Reyes
    Armchair for the Brotherhood of San Pedro, 1755
    Carved and gilded Spanish cedar, silk velvet upholstery
    140 x 83 x 65 cm (55 1/8 x 32 11/16 x 25 9/16 in.)
    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, no. 2006.4

  • José Alfaro
    Immaculate Conception, 1791
    Oil on canvas over wood
    74.5 x 49 x 29 cm (29 5/16 x 19 5/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, no. 1998.246


Power and Piety

Spanish Colonial Art from the Patricia Cisneros Collection

December 12, 2015–February 28, 2016

Power and Piety comprises around 60 paintings, pieces of furniture, gold and silverwork from the Americas in the 17th to the 19th centuries, mainly the Caribbean, but also Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Guest curated by Jorge Rivas, the exhibition explores the pervasive influence of the Church, its relationship to political structures and domestic life and the biblical narratives and symbols, their meanings and uses employed. The first Latin American exhibition organized by MOBIA, the field remains a less frequently examined aspect of the history of art of the New World. While renowned for its works of 20th-century Geometric Abstraction, this exhibition debuts the Cisneros’ hitherto little known collection of Spanish Colonial art.

The exhibition tours nationally in 2016-2018. For more information, go to http://www.asiexhibitions.org/POWER-PIETY-Spanish-Colonial-Art.html.

The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginiain collaboration with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York.