Joachim and Mary
1752
32.75" x 23.75"
Painting, oil on canvas
Region: Mexico
Signed and dated lower right
The husband of Anne, mother of the Virgin, San Joaquin is almost with exception depicted with his wife or daughter. Joachim is shown as an older man, bearded, and traditionally gowned in a green robe and red coat trimmed in ermine. The ermine suggests wealth; the green robe symbolizes hope and new life, while red indicates roalty and love. Nothing is know of Joachim's life for certain, but apocryphal tale relates that his gift at the temple was refused because of Anne's barrenness. He left with his flock to pray for forty days and nights. During this time an angel appeared to Anne announcing that her prayers for a child had been answered.

About the Artist
(1685 - 1756)
José de Ibarra (1685–1756) was a Mexican painter, born in San Miguel del Grande, Mexico and died 21 Nov 1756 in Mexico City. He was a mixed-race Afro-Mexican, but was considered a Spaniard and listed in the 1753 Mexico City census as Spaniard. Ibarra was student of painter Juan Correa, who self-identified as a mulatto. Many of Ibarra's pieces are preserved in Mexican museums and the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. He was one of the most prolific painters of his day, producing mainly religious paintings for the cathedrals of Mexico. His career was marked with support of initiatives to protect the intellectual integrity of painting as an art form. He was influenced by contemporaries Cristóbal de Villalpando and Juan Rodríguez Juárez. His remains are interred at the Church of Santa Inés in Mexico City.