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

Made in Mexico, North and Central America

18th century

Oil on canvas

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

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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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."