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Don Manuel Jose Rubio y Salinas, Archbishop of Mexico

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Miguel Cabrera, a mestizo artist trained in Mexico City in a high European style, became the best-known painter in Mexico under the patronage of Archbishop Manuel José Rubio y Salinas (1703–1765). Born in Spain, Rubio y Salinas was a leading figure in the Jesuit church and was appointed...

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Inscribed lower proper right: "El S.r D.r D.n Manuel Joseph Rubio, y Salinas de el Consejo de su Magestad su Capellan de honor Fiscal de su R.l Capilla Abad de S.n Isidoro de Leon, y dignissimo Arzobispo de insigne Bienhechor y Erector de este Convento." [The Illustrious Señor Doctor Don Manuel Joseph Rubio y Salinas of the Council of his Majesty his Chaplain of Honor, Fiscal of his Royal Chapel, Abbot of San Isidoro de Leon, and honorable Archbishop of Mexico distinguished Benefactor and Builder of this Convent.]


Signed and dated below inscription, lower left (letters in brackets are restored): "[Mich] l. Cabrera fecit anno d. 1754."


From the mid-19th century, believed to be in a private collection, France; 2002, sold from this private collection to an anonymous dealer, Reims, France; June 18, 2003, sale at Tajan, Paris, lot 36 (as a work by Pedro Lopez Calderon); 2004, to Carlos Lastra, Madrid, Spain; 2007, to Manuel Piñanes Garcia-Olias, Madrid; 2007, sold by Manuel Piñanes Garcia-Olias to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 2008)

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund



Height x width: 71 5/8 x 49 3/16 in. (181.9 x 124.9 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas