Virgin in Prayer

Virgin in Prayer

circa 1675
Artist
unknown artist
Locale
Bogota, Colombia
Country
Colombia
painting
Oil on panel
Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard family
1990.518

Unknown artist, Virgin in Prayer, about 1675. Oil paint on wood panel; 19½ × 13⅝ in. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard family, 1990.518.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 19.5 in, 49.5300 cm; width: 13.625 in, 34.6075 cm; depth: .625 in, 1.5875 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Juan Bautista Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos (c. 1630-1677) was a Colombian artist who seems to have spent most of his career in the artistic workshop of his younger brother, Gregorio, in Bogotá. This composition of the Virgin with head bowed and hands together in prayer is found throughout much of South America. Likely originating with prints by the German artist Albrecht Dürer and copied extensively in Italy and Spain, it may have been introduced to the Americas by Italian-immigrant artists such as Bernardo Bitti and Angelino Medoro in the late 1500s. Evidence exists that the Vásquez workshop had access to a copy of a painting of same subject by Italian artist Sassoferato (1609-1685). The Vásquez workshop is known to have produced at least eleven paintings of this topic.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 26 December 1990 to the Denver Art Museum by the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. 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.