Mexican, Atlixco - Tiles from the Church of San Agustin, Atlixco, Puebla, 17th century

Mexican, Atlixco

Tiles from the Church of San Agustin, Atlixco, Puebla, 17th century

Glazed terracotta, 13 x 13 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.) each

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Accession number

C7w14-s

Provenance

Probably made for the Church of San Agustin, Atlixco, State of Puebla, Mexico, built between 1589–1698.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the Church of San Agustin, Atlixco through the artist Dodge MacKnight (1860–1950) in 1909 for $817.90.

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), pp. 50-51.
Ronald Hilton. Handbook of Hispanic Source Materials and Research Organizations in the United States (Stanford, California, 1956), p. 194.
Corinna Lindon Smith. Interesting People: Eighty Years with the Great and Near-Great (Norman, OK, 1962), p. 168.
William N. Mason. “Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 6, no. 21 (20 Jan. 1963), p. 2.
Clara Strauss. “Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 8, no. 28 (14 Mar. 1965), p. 2.
Karen E. Haas. "Dodge Macknight -- painting the town red and violet..." Fenway Court (1982), p. 43.


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Commentary

Isabella Gardner herself spent hours assembling the nearly 2,000 painted and glazed tiles into the appealing pattern we see today on the walls of the Spanish Cloister. Her friend, the artist Dodge Macknight, bought the tiles for her in Mexico in 1909 from the Church of San Agustìn in Mexico.

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