Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe

Sebastian Salcedo
Work Locations: Mexico
Active Years: 1779-1783
Mexico City, Mexico
Oil paint on a copper panel.
Funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman and an Anonymous Donor

Sebastian Salcedo
Virgin of Guadalupe, 1779

Oil paint on copper panel
29 3/8” x 23.5” x 1 ¼” (framed)
Denver Art Museum: Funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman and an Anonymous Donor, 1976.56
Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

This object is currently on view
Inscriptions throughout
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Latin American Art

No image is as distinctively Mexican as the Virgin of Guadalupe, with her characteristic spiky aura and blue robe with gold stars. After her miraculous appearance to the Indian Juan Diego in 1531, the Virgin of Guadalupe became exceptionally popular in Mexico among both Spaniards and Indians. Juan Diego was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002.
     Here the Virgin is surrounded by prophets, saints, angels, and seven miniature scenes of her miracles, all identified by inscriptions. At the bottom, Pope Benedict XIV and an Aztec princess (symbolizing Mexico) flank a landscape showing the Virgin’s church north of Mexico City.
     Painted on copper in Mexico City in 1779 by Sebastián Salcedo, this image was brought to Santa Fe, New Mexico, around 1800 to hang in the new adobe church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Museum purchase in 1976 with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman and an Anonymous Donor. 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.

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