National Museum of San Carlos holds an exhibition"Rome in Mexico / Mexico in Rome: art academies between Europe and the New World (1843-1867)". The exhibition brings together 93 works by such Mexican artists as Thomas Perez, Primitivo Miranda, Tiburcio Sanchez and Epitasio Calvo, as well as Juan Cordero. The Italian school is represented by Francesco Cogetti, Francesco Podesti and Giovanni Sylvagni, who sent pictures to the Mexican Academy illustrating how they were taught to draw in the Roman Academy. There is also the work of Eugenio Landesio, who had a great influence on Jose Maria Velasco.
The exhibition is the result of a joint work of curators from Durham, Rome and Mexico City, who conducted their studies in Mexico, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Hungary and the United States of America. Independent Mexican artists, sculptors and architects studied in Mexico and Rome, showed their styles and methods with a “purist” model, which then dominated the Universal Capital of the Arts. Ambassadors were two Catalan artists - Pelegrin Klava and Manuel Vilar - who in 1846 moved to Mexico to teach at the Academy of San Carlos.