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Valley of Mexico from the Tepeyac (Valle de México desde el Tepeyac)

José María Velasco was the most renowned Mexican landscape painter of the nineteenth century. Trained in botany and natural science, Velasco sought to portray nature with great accuracy, while simultaneously adhering to a well-established artistic tradition of idealizing the landscape. In the 1890s, he painted nine practically identical views of the Valley of Mexico. Valley of Mexico from the Tepeyac, which depicts Mexico City on the flat valley floor and the Lake of Texcoco in the background, reflects Velasco’s meticulous attention to detail, color, perspective, and atmosphere.

José María Velasco
Mexican, 1840–1912
Valley of Mexico from the Tepeyac (Valle de México desde el Tepeyac)
1895
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 ½ in. (45.7 x 62.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 75.117.1