Virgin of the Apocalypse Surrounded by Saints (nun's badge)

Virgin of the Apocalypse Surrounded by Saints (nun's badge)

circa 1770
Artist
unknown artist
Country
Mexico
Nun's Badge
Oil paint on copper in a tortoise shell frame
Funds from the 1985 Trip Benefit and the Acquisition Challenge Grant
1985.361

Unknown artist, Virgin of the Apocalypse Surrounded by Saints (Nun's Badge), about 1770. Oil paint on copper in a tortoise shell frame; 7¼ in. dia. Funds from the 1985 Trip Benefit and the Acquisition Challenge Grant, 1985.361.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
diameter: 7.25 in, 18.4150 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Nun’s badges (escudos) are unique to Mexico. Invented there in the seventeenth century, they were worn at the throat by Conceptionist and Jeronymite nuns over the habits of their respective orders. Representing images of the Virgin and saints significant to the order and/or the individual nun, they were usually painted on round or oval sheets of copper and framed in tortoiseshell or wood. Many of the most famous artists in Mexico painted nun’s badges and some are signed by the artists.
--Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Purchased by the Denver Art Museum 19 November 1985 with funds from the 1985 Trip Benefit and the Acquisitions Challenge Grant. 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.