Artist: Jose Maria Velasco (1840 -1912), Title: Untitled, Medium: Oil on Paper (Postcard), Signature: Hand Signed Lower Right & Hand Signed on Verso, Artist Information: (July 1840 - August 1912) Jose Maria Velasco was a 19th-century Mexican polymath and more importantly an internationally renowned Artist. Velasco's long career elevated Mexican landscape painting to a greater international standing. His scenes of the Mexican landscape are a visual source for environmental historians, since they show the Valley of Mexico before its degradation in the twentieth century due to air pollution and urban sprawl. His landscape art has a wide appeal, since it is more accessible than history paintings that require the viewer to understand a particular event. A Museum dedicated to Jose Maria Velasco was opened in 1992 in Toluca City with the task of preserving and promoting his paintings. One of his landscapes of the Valley of Mexico is in the Vatican Museum, as a gift to Pope Leo XIII.