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The Thoma Foundation's Art of the Spanish Americas collection

Diego Antonio de Landaeta, <em>Portrait of Petronila Méndez</em>
Diego Antonio de Landaeta, Portrait of Petronila Méndez

A rare and elaborate child portrait from Venezuela

Juan Pedro López, <em>Our Lady of Guidance</em>
Juan Pedro López, Our Lady of Guidance

A painting of a miraculous statue in Caracas, Venezuela by a famous Afrodescendant artist also has its original frame.

Portraits of Francisca Ramírez de Laredo and Antonio de Ulloa
Portraits of Francisca Ramírez de Laredo and Antonio de Ulloa

These portraits of a couple show us what the sitters want us to see about them, and conceal the less glamorous details of their lives

<i>The Child Mary Spinning</i>
The Child Mary Spinning

This luxuriously dressed Virgin Mary as a child spinning cloth may have spoken to the rich textile traditions of Indigenous cultures in Peru

<em>The Coronation of the Virgin by the Holy Trinity</em>
The Coronation of the Virgin by the Holy Trinity

The Trinity visualized as triplets was a common subject in 18th-century Peru—and beyond