Virgen de Monserrate

Description
Based on lore and church documents, this figure illustrates the Miracle of Hormigueros. In 1599, Our Lady of Montserrat appeared to Gerardo González, a farmer near Hormigueros in southwestern Puerto Rico. Attacked by a bull, González invoked the name of the Virgin. Immediately, the beast fell, its legs broken and its forehead touching the ground as if in prayer. In gratitude, González built and dedicated a church to Our Lady of Montserrat. This figure dates from the beginning of the 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
santo
Date made
late 18th or early 19th century
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 33 cm x 22.5 cm x 24.5 cm; 13 in x 8 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Ponce, Jayuya
ID Number
1997.0097.0721
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0721
subject
Our Lady of Montserrate
Cultures & Communities
Religion
Vidal
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Our Lady of Monserrat
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
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