Virgen de Monserrate

Virgen de Monserrate

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In Puerto Rican religious tradition, the Virgin of Monserrat made a miraculous appearance in 1599, near the town of Hormigueros. Depicted in a broad range of skin tones, at times in contrast with her son Jesus Christ (missing from her lap in this example), she is one of the most frequently carved santos in Puerto Rico. Represented behind her are the jagged mountains of Catalonia, Spain, the place where the veneration of this particular Madonna originated. This figure, by a member of the Espada group of artisans, dates from the 19th century.
Description (Spanish)
Según la tradición religiosa puertorriqueña, la Virgen de Montserrate apareció milagrosamente en el año 1599 cerca del pueblo de Hormigueros. El color de su piel varía ampliamente en las distintas imágenes en las que aparece representada, a veces en contraste con su hijo Jesús (quien en este ejemplo se halla ausente de su regazo). Se trata de uno de los santos más tallados en Puerto Rico. Detrás de ella se observan las montañas angulosas de Cataluña, España, donde se originó la veneración de esta Madona en particular. Esta figura la talló en el siglo XIX un miembro del grupo de artesanos Espada.
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Object Name
Date made
19th century
Espada Group
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
wood; paint (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 28.7 cm x 17.9 cm x 15.8 cm; 11 5/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 6 1/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
Our Lady of Montserrate
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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