The Immaculate Conception with Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Francis of Assisi (nun's badge)

The Immaculate Conception with Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Francis of Assisi (nun's badge)

1650-1700
Artist
unknown artist
Country
Mexico
Nun's Badge
Colored pencil and gouache on vellum with a tortoise shell, mother of pearl and brass frame
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer
2013.362

Unknown artist, The Immaculate Conception with Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Francis of Assisi (Nun’s Badge), 1650-1700. Colored pencil and gouache on vellum with a tortoise shell, mother of pearl and brass frame; 4⅝ in. dia. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.362.

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
diameter: 4 5/8 in, 11.7475 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 25 November 2013 by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Collection 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