Tresguerras, Francisco Eduardo de (1759–1833)

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Tresguerras, Francisco Eduardo de (1759–1833)

Francisco Eduardo de Tresguerras (b. 13 October 1759; d. 3 August 1833), Mexican painter and architect. In contrast to most well-known artists of his time, Tresguerras pursued his career not in Mexico City but in Querétaro, Celaya, and San Luis Potosí. He dedicated himself to painting, music, architecture, engraving, and writing in turn, and can be considered a particularly interesting example of the self-conscious and confident eighteenth-century New World artist. His most famous creation is the church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Celaya, with a single tower over the entrance (1802–1807). In painting and drawing his style is rococo, but in architecture he is neoclassical. Although Tresguerras sought recognition from the Academia de San Carlos, he seems never to have been accepted by the Mexico City art establishment.

See alsoArchitecture: Architecture to 1900; Art: The Colonial Era; Mexico: The Colonial Period.


The best source is still Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras, Ocios literarios, edited by Francisco de la Maza (1962), his collected works. See also Manuel Toussaint, Colonial Art in Mexico (1967).

                                          Clara Bargellini