Monstrance (Custodia)

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Monstrance (Custodia)

Peru, Cuzco, circa 1675-1700
Furnishings; Accessories
Silver gilt with enamel, cast and chased
Height: 31 1/2 in. (80 cm); base: 11 1/8 × 11 1/8 in. (28 × 28 cm); sun’s diameter: 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art Deaccession Fund (M.2021.103a-b)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

This monstrance attributed to the circle of Luis de Lezana the Younger exemplifies the remarkable level of craftsmanship that this kind of vessel achieved under the tenure of the Spanish-born bisho

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This monstrance attributed to the circle of Luis de Lezana the Younger exemplifies the remarkable level of craftsmanship that this kind of vessel achieved under the tenure of the Spanish-born bishop Manuel de Mollinedo y Angulo (r. 1673–99). A staunch royalist, Mollinedo sought to reform local parishes and embellish the churches across his diocese. He commissioned over eighty gilded monstrances for the region’s churches.

This work is profusely ornamented with colored champlevé enamelwork. A distinguishing feature is its cube-shaped central node with four niches that enclose various saints (Joseph, Anthony of Padua, Peter Nolasco, and Raymond Nonnatus), all made of painted, cast silver. While the design of the base is typical of late seventeenth-century Cuzco monstrances, a distinctive detail are the winged mermaids with vegetal tails that serve as supports. The sol (the sun-shaped section designed to contain the consecrated host) is surrounded by a circle of rays, topped with knobs and finials and decorated with a multitude of cherub heads crowned with colorful feathers.


From exhibition Archive of the World, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Ilona Katzew in the accompanying publication, cat. no. 10, pp. 65–69)
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Provenance

Collection of Alberto Cruz Eizaguirre (1909–1967), Santiago, Chile; by inheritance to his son Carlos Alberto Cruz Claro (b. 1933; Apelles Collection), Santiago, Chile, c....
Collection of Alberto Cruz Eizaguirre (1909–1967), Santiago, Chile; by inheritance to his son Carlos Alberto Cruz Claro (b. 1933; Apelles Collection), Santiago, Chile, c. 1967; Jaime Eguiguren Art & Antiques, Buenos Aires, 2016; LACMA, 2021.
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Bibliography

  • Katzew, Ilona, ed. Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/D.A.P., 2022.

Exhibition history

  • Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800 Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2022 - October 30, 2022