Fordham’s Office of the President in Cunniffe House will seem a bit empty for the next year, due to the removal on Sept. 27 of the large piece of art pictured above. The painting, titled Adoration of the Magi, will be the focal point in an upcoming exhibition, “Cristóbal de Villalpando: Innovation and Transformation,” at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition will run from July 25 to October 15, 2017. The Met team will be refurbishing the painting, which has been on the president’s wall since it was installed in 1900, in preparation for the show.
The painting was created in 1683 by Villalpando, a Mexican painter who is renown his work in cathedrals all over Mexico. It has been part of the Fordham University Art collection for greater than a century and will be returned to Cunniffe House once the exhibition closes.