Virgen de Monserrate

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
late 18th or early 19th century
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
Our Lady of Montserrate
Cultures & Communities
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
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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