Retablo

Description
Painted by an anonymous artist in New Mexico, this Catholic devotional image depicts the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
According to tradition, the Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego, a Christian Indian, on a hilltop near Mexico City in 1531. His vision of a dark-haired, brown-skinned Virgin Mary was popularized by Spanish missionaries seeking to convert Indians to Christianity. Over time, Our Lady of Guadalupe became a cherished symbol of Mexican and Latin American identity.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
retablo
Object Type
Paintings
date made
ca 1698
Physical Description
wood, pine (overall material)
gesso (overall material)
tempera (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 42.5 cm x 29.5 cm x 1.5 cm; 16 3/4 in x 11 5/8 in x 9/16 in
place made
United States: New Mexico
ID Number
CL*200826
accession number
34005
catalog number
200826
subject
Virgin of Guadalupe
Angels
Hindu
related event
Guadalupan Apparition
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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