Virgin and Christ Child (nun's badge)

Virgin and Christ Child (nun's badge)

17th century
Artist
Unknown
Culture
Mexican
Country
Mexico
Nun's Badge
Oil paint and gold leaf on copper with inlaid wood frame with tortoiseshell back
Gift of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, Colorado
2005.92
Unknown. Virgin and Christ Child (nun's badge). 17th century. Oil paint and gold leaf on copper with inlaid wood frame with tortoiseshell back. Gift of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, Colorado. 2005.92.
Dimensions
diameter: 5 1/2 in, 13.9700 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
Gifted 2 November 2005 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, CO, to the Denver Art Museum. 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.