Coronation of the Virgin with Saints (nun's badge)

Coronation of the Virgin with Saints (nun's badge)

circa 1770
José de Páez, Mexican, 1727-1790
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Work Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
Attributed to
Nun's Badge
Oil paint on copper with tortoise shell frame
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

Attributed to José de Páez, Coronation of the Virgin with Saints (Nun's Badge), about 1770. Oil paint on copper with tortoise shell frame; 8¼ in. dia. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2015.557.

height: .25 in, 0.6350 cm; diameter: 8.25 in, 20.9550 cm
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Art
This object is currently on view

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. This badge is similar in style and complexity to others made by, or attributed to, José de Páez, a prolific artist who often painted for the convents in Mexico City.
--Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 23 November 2015 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, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life 1521 - 1821, Denver Art Museum, April 3 - July 25, 2004.

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