Portrait of Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, after a self-portrait
The portrait style is in keeping with the contemporary Spanish Baroque style of dramatic contrasts in light and dark to heighten the grandeur of the portrait. Her costly habit and jeweled pendant hanging from her sleeve indicate her family's status, while the disk under her chin depicting the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary equate her vocation as a bride of Christ.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Period: 18th century
Date: 18th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 105 x 83 cm
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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