An exhibition opening later this week at the Louvre, the world's most visited art museum, will showcase Mexican art.

The "Mexican Art at the Louvre: Masterpieces from the 17th and 18th Centuries" exhibition, which runs from March 7 to June 3, features works by Cristóbal Villalpando, Juan Rodríguez Juárez and José Suárez.

"Among others, the monumental 'Zurbaranesque' work of Jose Juárez, the Baroque dynamism of Cristóbal Villalpando and the softness and delicacy of Rodríguez Juárez will introduce visitors to the many facets of New World art during this period and give them an understanding of its close yet independent relationship with Spanish art," the museum said in a statement posted on its website.

Efe got a sneak peek at the exhibition, which offers visitors a look at fine works from New Spain exhibited among the Spanish paintings in the Paris art museum.

"What we have tried to do is open the door to Mexican art from the colonial period," Jonathan Brown, one of the exhibition's curators, told Efe.

The exhibition is being jointly organized by the Louvre and Fomento Cultural Banamex.

In a gallery used to exhibit the works of Spanish painters, such as Zurbarán, Murillo and José de Ribera, not far from the Mona Lisa, the Louvre found a space for Mexican art and some of its masters.

"What you see here is nearly an explosion, a range of very rich colors, but especially a grouping of figures" a long way from the Spanish Baroque, Brown said.

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