Charitas, San Francisco de Paula
- Manuel Galicia Villavicencio
- Active Dates: 1753-1788
- Attributed to
Attributed to Manuel Galicia Villavicencio, Charitas, San Francisco de Paula, 1700s. Engraving; 2⅞ × 2⅛ in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.367.
This intimately scaled Mexican engraving depicts Saint Francis of Paola (Francisco de Paula), a fifteenth-century Italian Franciscan. The text that accompanies the engraved image of the saint reads: “Prayer that Saint Francis of Paola said as he died. My Lord Jesus Christ Good Shepherd, protect the Just, judge the sinners, have mercy on all the faithful dead, have favor for this miserable sinner. Amen. Jesus. Mary.” Confraternities (lay religious organizations dedicated to specific saints, or images of the Virgin or Christ) dispensed this kind of small devotional image to their members as did the religious orders, but they were also often available for sale in print shops or among the wares of street vendors. The signature on this engraving “Villavicencio fc [fecit]” suggests its maker was Manuel Galicia Villavicencio (active 1753-1788), who owned his own print publishing firm on Calle de la Polilla in Mexico City and may have sold such small images in his own shop.
-- Emily C. Floyd, DAM Alianza Mayer Fellow 2017
- Exhibited, 2007, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO.