Portrait of Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz

After a self-portrait

attributed to Nicolás Enríquez de Vargas, Mexican, active c. 1722 - died after 1787

Geography:
Made in Mexico, North and Central America

Date:
18th century

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
41 1/2 x 32 1/2inches (105.4 x 82.6cm) Framed: 48 3/4 x 38 3/4 x 3 1/8 inches (123.8 x 98.4 x 7.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1903-918

Credit Line:
The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903

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Label:
This eighteenth-century portrait of the Abbess Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) is, despite its condition, among the most significant works in the Museum's Robert H. Lamborn Collection because of the renown of Sister Juana as one of the most important early poets of the Americas. The inscription identifies the image as a "faithful" copy after a portrait "that she herself made and painted with her own hand."