encrusted art work was created to be used as an object of worship
in the Catholic Church. It is signed by the artist Agustin del
Pino although his name is partially obscured by the decorative
virgin Mary was an object of veneration in the Catholic
Church. The church was an important patron of the arts
so many of the works of art created in New Spain were
created to be used in religious observances in the Catholic
work was created on a panel of wood. The face and hands
of Mary are painted in oil on the wood while her gown
glows with inlaid mother-of-pearl. The frame for the
work is wood with inlaid mother-of pearl forming the
fruit and flowers that decorate it. The entire piece,
the painting and the frame has then been coated in lacquer.
encrusted artwork was popular in Mexico and had its
roots in the lacquering techniques of the Pre-Columbians.
Translate centimeters into inches and cut a sheet of
paper the exact size of this work. Use that paper to
complete the art assignment.
Language Arts: After completing the selfportrait
art lesson, write a one page autobiography of yourself
to be displayed with your artwork.
Social Studies: Find the area of the world where
this work of art was created and determine what the
longitude and climate conditions are in that part of
the world. What type of lumber would grow there? Where
would the mother-of-pearl come from?
Science: Determine which types of trees grow in
the climate and location where this work of art was
produced. Research to determine what type of tree the
wood used in this work came from.