San Diego de Alcala
Oil and mother-of-pearl inlay, with tempera accents, on panel, late 17th century, Mexico. This enconchado, or shell inlay painting comes from an artistic tradition that flourished in Mexico from 1650 to 1750. Inspired by Asian trade goods, painters seamlessly incorporated pieces of mother-of-pearl into their compositions, often extending the technique onto the frame. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
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