The Virgin Mary with Indian Donors
Religious imagery appeared in a range of media and sizes to help foster devotion among Catholics in the Americas. Small paintings of saints such as these—called santos de retablo—would have been hung in churches or in private homes and carried in processions or during travel. As in European precedents, this Andean example includes portraits of the donors shown worshiping the pictured saint. The inscription at center identifies them as Mariano Pina and his wife (at left) and their two sons (at right). The men wear ceremonial Indian costume, and Pina himself holds a santo de retablo that echoes this painting.
- Medium: Oil on wood panel
- Place Made: La Paz, Bolivia
- Dates: 1752
- Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 7 9/16 x 3/8 in. (26 x 19.2 x 1 cm) Vitrine: 17 x 15 1/8 x 7 in. (43.2 x 38.4 x 17.8 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Painted at bottom center: "Dn Mariano Pina Fonda- / dor y mayor-ad-Lascni / chosya badades y a Aront"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 41.1275.225
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: The Virgin Mary with Indian Donors, 1752. Oil on wood panel, 10 1/4 x 7 9/16 x 3/8 in. (26 x 19.2 x 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.225
- Record Completeness: Best (89%)