Virgen de Monserrate

The lore surrounding the Virgin of Monserrat originated in the jagged mountains of Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. In 1599, when she is said to have appeared to Gerardo González, a farmer, near Hormigueros, in southwestern Puerto Rico, she acquired a new set of traditions and imagery, unique to the island. Like many Madonnas, the Virgin of Monserrat is usually shown seated on a thrown, with her son Jesus Christ on her lap and a globe in one of her outstretched hands. In this example, the globe is missing. This figure shows the unique style of its creator, El Cachetón de Lares, (The Big-Cheeked Man from Lares), a name given to an anonymous santero by Teodoro Vidal, based on the large cheeks with which he endowed his carvings.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
early 20th century
late 19th-early 20th century
Cachetón de Lares
Physical Description
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 36.9 cm x 12 cm x 11.7 cm; 14 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 5/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Lares
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Our Lady of Montserrate
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Our Lady of Monserrat
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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