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Two new acquisitions for the Thoma Foundation‘s Art of the Spanish Americas collection show the enduring legacy of the Flemish engraver Hieronymus Wierix (1553–1619) in South America.  These small works on copper draw directly from the artist’s engravings, which circulated widely in the Americas thanks to the Jesuit Order.

Allegory of Obedience 

This detailed work on copper depicts a complex allegory showing the submission of human desire to divine will.  Based on a print by Hieronymus Wierix, the work is a stunning addition to the Thoma Foundation’s growing collection of engraved, chased, and embossed coppers from the workshops of 17th- and 18th-century Bolivia.

Christ Child with Instruments of the Passion 

In this small work on copper, drawn from another of Wierix’s engravings, the Christ Child bears the Instruments of the Passion, or Arma Christi, on his right shoulder and in the basket he carries in his left hand. Devotion to the Arma Christi began in the late Middle Ages and in this image    Christ bears the burden of his future sacrifice with grace.


December 2021



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