Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe

1779
Artist
Sebastian Salcedo
Work Locations: Mexico
Active Years: 1779-1783
Locale
Mexico City, Mexico
Country
Mexico
painting
Oil paint on a copper panel.
Funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman and an Anonymous Donor
1976.56
Sebastian Salcedo. Virgin of Guadalupe. 1779. Oil paint on a copper panel.. Funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman and an Anonymous Donor. 1976.56.
Dimensions
image height: 25.5 in, 64.7700 cm; image width: 19.6250 in, 49.8475 cm; frame height: 29.125 in, 73.9775 cm; frame width: 23.5 in, 59.6900 cm; frame depth: 1.6250 in, 4.1275 cm
Inscription
Inscriptions throughout
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

No image is as distinctively Mexican as the Virgin of Guadalupe, with her characteristic spiky aura and blue robe with gold stars. After her miraculous appearance to the Indian Juan Diego in 1531, the Virgin of Guadalupe became exceptionally popular in Mexico among both Spaniards and Indians. Juan Diego was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002.
     Here the Virgin is surrounded by prophets, saints, angels, and seven miniature scenes of her miracles, all identified by inscriptions. At the bottom, Pope Benedict XIV and an Aztec princess (symbolizing Mexico) flank a landscape showing the Virgin’s church north of Mexico City.
     Painted on copper in Mexico City in 1779 by Sebastián Salcedo, this image was brought to Santa Fe, New Mexico, around 1800 to hang in the new adobe church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Museum purchase in 1976 with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman and an Anonymous Donor. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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