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    Sale 12166

    Latin American Art

    25 - 26 May 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    Attributed to Gaspar Miguel de Berrio (School of Potosí, 1706-1762)

    Adoration of the Shepherds

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    Attributed to Gaspar Miguel de Berrio (School of Potosí, 1706-1762)
    Adoration of the Shepherds
    oil on canvas
    32 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (82.6 x 100.3 cm.)

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    Documents establish that Miguel Gaspar de Berrio (1706-1762) was a criollo who began his career in 1735 as a disciple of Melchor Perez de Holguín (1665-1724). Working in Puno, near the Imperial City of Potosí, Berrio achieved renown as colonial Bolivia's second most important artist. His Adoration of the Shepherds probably was a pendant to an "Adoration of the Magi". In 1737 Berrio completed a series highlighting events from the "Infancy of Christ" for the Iglesia de Belén in Potosí. A primary source for his Adoration of the Shepherds is a work in the Cathedral of Sucre, dated about 1590, by the Italian Mannerist Bernardo Bitti. Berrio undoubtedly studied Bitti's painting when he was employed at the at the Sucre Convent of Santa Clara in 1744. While the attributed Adoration of the Shepherds, ca. 1737-1744, presents a joyous subject, the bound lamb intimates the future sacrifice of Christ at Golgotha. Two basquets also allude to the Redemption; one held by an old woman contains cloth (the shroud) and the other on the ground holds eggs, a traditional symbol of resurrection. A dark painting enlivened by a refined brocateado, the Adoration of the Shepherds, is stylistically similar to a work by Berrio in the Denver Art Museum.

    Dr. Barbara von Barghahn
    Washington, D.C., 1992


    Forma Galleries, Coral Gables.
    Bill Morgenstern, Miami .
    Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 24 November 1992, lot 69 (illustrated in color).
    Barbara Duncan collection, New York.
    By descent from the above.
    Acquired from the above.


    Washington, D.C., The Organization of American States, The Art Museum of the Americas, Temples of Gold, Crowns of Silver: Colonial Art of the Americas, May-June 1991.
    Washington, D.C., The George Washington University, Dimock Gallery, Temples of Gold, Crowns of Silver: Reflections of Majesty in the Viceregal Americas, 1991.
    Miami, The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Temples of Gold, Crowns of Silver, January-March, 1992.