Knights of Columbus Museum: Past Exhibits

Images of Faith and Art from Mexico

The Virgin with Child and St. John, anonymous, oil on canvas, 18th century. Loaned courtesy of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City.

Sept. 14, 2005 — May 14, 2006

This collection of 48 religious works of art was never before exhibited in the United States.

The artwork covered the period from the 16th through 20th centuries. Most of the paintings were created during Mexico’s Colonial era. The paintings included representations of the life of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and revered saints and bishops.

Of the paintings on display, 35 came directly from Mexico City. They were on loan from Latin America’s oldest and largest cathedral, the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, from the Metropolitan El Sagrario Shrine and from The Profes, the Museum of Painting of the St. Felipe Neri Temple.

As the property of the Mexican nation, the art was  made available through the cooperation of the Archdiocese of Mexico City and the Mexican government’s National Council for Culture and the Arts, and General Office of Sites and Monuments of the Cultural Patrimony.

Mexican artists of this period adapted and incorporated Old World art forms, resulting in a unique painting style, reinforced by the artists’ spiritual exuberance and reflecting of the strong devotion of the Mexican faithful.