Unattributed: Segesser Hide II (de­tail) circa 1730

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New Mex­ico History Mu­seum, 113 Lin­coln Ave., 505-476-5200 Some of the ear­li­est known paint­ings de­pict­ing colo­nial life in the United States are not on can­vas but are painted on large hides, prob­a­bly from bi­son. Named for Philipp von Segesser von Brunegg, a Je­suit priest who may have ac­quired them more than 200 years ago in Sonora, Mex­ico, the hides re­mained in the von Segesser fam­ily un­til 1988, when they were pur­chased by the Palace of the Gov­er­nors. The hides are iden­ti­fied as Segesser I and II and may have been made in the re­gion that is now New Mex­ico. It’s pos­si­ble that the hides were painted by more than one per­son in the early 18th cen­tury and bear a style more rem­i­nis­cent of in­dige­nous folk paint­ings than Euro­pean styles. The Segesser hides are on per­ma­nent dis­play.

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