Virgin of Sorrows with St. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene (nun's badge)

Virgin of Sorrows with St. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene (nun's badge)

circa 1700
Artist
Unknown
Country
Mexico
Nun's Badge
Paint and embroidery on silk
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer
2013.360
Unknown. Virgin of Sorrows with St. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene (nun's badge). circa 1700. Paint and embroidery on silk. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer. 2013.360.
Dimensions
diameter: 6 1/3 in, 16.0867 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. This object is particularly unusual in that it is entirely embroidered in silk thread and may originally have been a medallion on a church vestment before being re-purposed as a nun’s badge.
--Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 25 November 2013 by Frederick and Jan Mayer of 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.
Exhibition History
  • "Heaven and Earth: The Jan and Frederick Mayer Collection of Spanish Colonial Art from the Denver Art Museum, Jun 16-Oct 8, 2006, Museo de las Americas, Denver
  • "From Viceregal to Verancular: Painting in Colonial Mexico and New Mexico," Nov 17, 2006-Apr 29, 2007, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe