Folding Screen with the Siege of Belgrade (front) and Hunting Scene (reverse)
Circle of González Family
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
This biombo enconchado is the only known work to combine the two elite Mexican genres of biombos (folding screens) and tableros de concha nácar y pintura (shell-inlay paintings later known as enconchados). Commissioned in Mexico City by the viceroy of New Spain, it was most likely displayed in Mexico’s viceregal palace, where it would have divided a ceremonial state room from a more intimate sitting room. The work originally included six additional panels, which are now in Mexico.
Oil on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl
90 1/2 x 108 5/8 in., 183.5 lb. (229.9 x 275.8 cm, 83.24kg)
each panel: 90 1/2 x 18 1/8 in. (229.9 x 46 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange
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Circle of González Family (Mexican). Folding Screen with the Siege of Belgrade (front) and Hunting Scene (reverse), ca.1697-1701. Oil on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 90 1/2 x 108 5/8 in., 183.5 lb. (229.9 x 275.8 cm, 83.24kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, by exchange, 2012.21. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.21_side2_PS6.jpg)
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