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Zelia Nuttall and a Sixteenth-Century Mexican Painting by Jessica Stair, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art Department UC Berkeley

The Hearst Museum recently came across a 1902 copy of a sixteenth-century lienzo painted by Genaro Blacio and commissioned by Zelia Nuttall in Mexico. The term lienzo refers to a genre of paintings on cloth produced during the colonial period in Mexico that were commonly used for recording history and boundaries. This large-scale painting on cloth, measuring 2.35 x 3.1 meters, was accessioned by the Hearst Museum in 1905 with three separate catalog numbers, implying that the painting had been cut into three pieces soon after its creation.

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