Holy Family (nun's badge)
- Luis Juárez, Mexican, ca. 1585 - 1639
- Work Locations: Mexico
Unknown artist, Holy Family (Nun’s Badge), early 1600s. Oil paint on copper with a tortoise shell frame; 4⅝ in. dia. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.363.
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. Although unsigned, this piece is attributed to the workshop or a follower of the important early 17th-century artist, Luis Juarez, founder of a dynasty of artists in Mexico.
--Donna Pierce, 2015
- "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