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Rare Exhibition of Work by Cristóbal de Villalpando at the Met

A 1683 work by Mexican artist Cristóbal de Villalpando has left its native land and is being exhibited, reportedly for the first time, in a foreign country. The iconic canvas is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Villalpando was commissioned to paint “Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus,” painted for a chapel in Puebla Cathedral. The work is considered particularly compelling for its juxtaposition of the Old with the New Testaments.

At the top of the piece is the New Testament transfiguration of Jesus’ corporeal body into the heavens, into the light. The lower portion of the image canvas depicts the biblical story in which Moses utilized the image of the serpent to heal the snake-poisoned Israelites.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 25, the painting by Villalpando will go on public display at the Met. The canvas will be part of “Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque” exhibition. The exhibition will feature 10 additional paintings by the artist. As is the case with “Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus,” a majority of these other works have not been exhibited anywhere else in the world, let alone in the United States.

Villalpando likely is best known for his ecclesiastical commissions, like “Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus.” Nonetheless, Villalpando was an accomplished portrait artist as well. He is famous for his 1695 painting of the main square in Mexico City. The painting depicts the Mexican capital’s main buildings, market, and canal.

The exhibition of Villalpando’s work is scheduled to run at the Met through October 15. Staff of the museum anticipate that the exhibition will prove to be well attended from the beginning to the end of its run at the Met.

How Men Can Get Involved in the Arts

If you’re a man and enjoy the arts, you know the challenge it can be to get involved. Whether you’re interested in dance, art or writing, getting started is incredibly difficult because of the stigma involved. For example, when someone thinks of professional dancing, they often assume that it’s going to be all women, but men are needed in dance just as much as the girls. Getting involved in the arts is a step-by-step process that will enable you to feel confident in your decision to get started with something that you can truly call your own.

 

One way to get started in the arts is to become educated. Just like the women, men need the proper education to ensure that they’re able to perform the art in the correct manner. For instance, if you’d like to get involved in dancing, you’ll need to take dance classes or teach yourself at home using tutorial videos or booklets. If you love to write and want to make it a career, you can learn the art of writing in order to improve your skills. There are tons of classes, courses, videos and books that you can utilize if you want to get involved with a new hobby in the world of art.

 

Next, you’ll need to realize that your hobby is a world of practice. You need to practice often in order to improve upon your skills and become the best in the field. If you take a class and don’t utilize what you’ve learned, you’re doing nothing for your hobby of choice and will find it difficult to get involved. Practice can be as simple as joining a local club or just dancing, writing or acting as often as you possibly can. The more that you use your skills, the better you will become and the more likely that your new hobby is going to turn into a viable career that you can feel proud of.