Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe typifies how imported religious traditions were adapted to local circumstances in New World colonies. In 1531 an indigenous convert named Juan Diego experienced a vision in which the Virgin Mary appeared to him as a native woman and instructed him to have the bishop build a church in her honor. The bishop reacted with skepticism until the Virgin miraculously made roses grow out of season and her image materialized on Diego’s cloak. That picture was widely copied— as in this humble example—and became the quin- tessential symbol of Mexico during its struggle for independence in the nineteenth century.
- Culture: Mexican
- Medium: Oil and gold leaf on canvas
- Place Made: Mexico
- Dates: 19th century
- Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (17.5 x 12.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 45.128.11
- Credit Line: Henry L. Batterman Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Mexican. Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe), 19th century. Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (17.5 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund, 45.128.11
- Catalogue Description: Virgin of Guadalupe in center surrounded by garlands of pink roses. Juan Diego stands with cloak of flowers in lower left corner.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)