Conservation

Antonio de Torres’s “The Elevation of the Cross” – History and Conservation

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In 2016 LACMA acquired a monumental painting by the Mexican artist Antonio de Torres, which was originally commissioned for the Franciscan convent of San Luis Potosí. Torres was part of a circle of artists interested in the renewal of painting in eighteenth-century Mexico. The film documents the painting’s history and process of conservation, providing insight into Torres's remarkable proficiency. 

—Ilona Katzew, Curator and Department Head of Latin American Art, LACMA.

This painting is on view in the exhibition Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici from November 19, 2017–March 18, 2018.