Charitas, San Francisco de Paula

Charitas, San Francisco de Paula

Artist
Manuel Galicia Villavicencio
Active Dates: 1753-1788
Attributed to
Country
Mexico
engraving
Engraving
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer
2013.367

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.

Dimensions
height: 2 7/8 in, 7.3025 cm; width: 2 1/8 in, 5.3975 cm
Inscription
Oracion que dixo S.F.co de Paula al efpirar. Senor mio Jesu-Christo Pastor bueno, conservad los Justos justificad los pecado res, tened missericordia de todos losfi eles defuntos, sedme propicio ami miserable pecador Amen. Vittapienciose Jesus Maria. “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.”
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

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

Exhibition History
  • Exhibited, 2007, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO.