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AN ARCHITECTURAL MODEL OF THE MAIN FAÇADE OF THE CATEDRAL METROPOLITANA, MEXICO CITY

New Spain. Circa 1786-1791.

Measurements

Height approximately: 16" (40.6cm);
Width: 44" (112cm);
Depth: 17 1/2" (45cm).

Research
Of walnut. The ornately carved façade centred by a romanesque double door flanked by two pairs of Roman Doric columns on pediments, surmounted by a dentilled frieze and a panel depicting the ascension flanked by two pairs of corresponding columns. The central door flanked by two smaller romanesque doors, both flanked with pairs of Roman Doric columns and surmounted by a dentilled frieze and a carved panel, the panel to the left depicting Christ and St.Peter, the panel to the right depicting Christ walking on water. Each panel flanked with a pair of corresponding columns with spiral and dentilled embellishments. The outer doors and panels flanked with two plain rectangular doors below three vertical framed windows, each of the five doors interspaced with monolithic pilasters, each pilaster surmounted by paired volutes, the whole carved to the side with a Romanesque arch, three windows and three pilasters. The top 3.5 cm of the upper edge replaced. Small repairs.

The present architectural model represents the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, or the Mexico City Cathedral (figure 1), which stands on the main plaza of the city, known as the Zócalo. The model was almost certainly executed during one of the cathedral’s final stages of construction in the late-eighteenth century.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.