Probably his best known work is an ambitious and highly detailed Spiritual Lineage of St Francis, still to be found in the city of Puebla, hung in the chapel of S. Sebastián de Aparicio.
Dated 1731, the year of the artist's death, this vast canvas employs a traditional Tree of Jesse format portraying Saint Francis at the bottom from whom the tree trunk springs. Row after row of Franciscan saints and martyrs, men and women, densely crowd the spreading branches, each with an identifying scroll.
The Virgin Mary, enfolded in a windblown blue robe, appears in the middle with Christ on the Cross above.
Text © 2020 Richard D Perry