This exquisite oil is titled The Marriage of the Virgin, and is probably part of a larger series devoted to the life of the Virgin. Nicolás Enríquez, a member of the first academy of painting established in Mexico around 1722, was known for his highly finished works on copper. The composition is clearly modeled on a well-known print by the Dutch engraver Schelte Adam Bolswert (1586–1659), after a composition by Rubens.
The tradition of copper painting developed in Italy and Flanders in the sixteenth century and was quickly introduced to New Spain. When prepared well, the smoothness of copper allowed for the almost seamless application of paint, creating dazzling visual effects and granting the paintings a jewel-like quality.- Ilona Katzew 2014