|Francisco Vazquez de Coronado|
panish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado led an expedition of exploration through colonial southwest en route to the Great Plains, circa 1540 to 1542.
Notable oil painters from two different centuries have captured Coronado’s expedition of 1540-1542: Frederic Remington, American, October 4, 1861 - December 26, 1909 and Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau Nieto, Spanish, January 20, 1964.
|“La conquista del Colorado,” by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau, circa 2017, depicts Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's 1540 expedition in the Grand Canyon. |
|“Coronado Sets Out to the North,” by Frederic Remington, circa. 1905. It depicts the explorer passing through what would be New Mexico someday toward the Great Plains. |
|Coronado was commissioned to discover the fabled “Seven Cities of Cibola,” a collection of fabled cities in the New World to possess vast riches. Cibola was a bust. But it did spawn many oil paintings of his journey, including an oil painting of the Coronado expedition by National Park Service artist Nevin Kempthorne, circa mid-20th century.|
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