This powerful devotional painting of the Holy Family is emblematic of seventeenth-century Mexican painting. Nicolás Rodríguez Juárez descended from one of the most important dynasty of painters in New Spain (he was the grandson of José Juárez and the great-great-grandson of Luis Juárez). Prior to becoming a priest, he was a prolific artist and active member of the painters guild, which also included the celebrated Juan Correa and Cristóbal de Villalpando. Along with his brother Juan Rodríguez Juárez, he established the first academy for artists, around 1722, to elevate the status of painting.
Ilona Katzew, 2008