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Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints

European Art

MEDIUM Oil on stone (tecali)
  • Place Made: Mexico
  • DATES 18th century
    PERIOD Colonial Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 1/4 x 14 7/16 x 3/4 in. (28.6 x 36.7 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of John Wise
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Peru, Colonial, 17th Century. Oil painting on a marble slab. The central subject is the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child on her lap. Her oval face has regular features and her eyes are cast down at the Child. From under a large gilt crown her long wavy brown hair falls about her shoulders. She wears a red dress with a gilt hem and is cloaked in a dark blue mantle covered with gilt stars and a gilt border. A scepter is in her left hand while a gold cross on a chain is suspended from the other. Gilt stars circle her head and her feet rest on a crescent moon. The Child faces forward also with his head turned to the left side of the painting. Golden rays circle his head. He touches the scepter with his left hand while reaching toward the cross with his right hand. At the loins he wears a loose white cloth. Two blonde cherubs with only the tops of their red clothing showing about the neck are at the Virgin's feet. Two more blonde cherubs one in blue, the other in red clothing visible from the neck up are at the head of the Virgin. A circular puff of cloud surrounds the central subjects. In the cloud on the left is the half-figure of a Saint visible only from the waist up. He is bearded and has the top of his head shaven. A black and white robe with gilt trim completes a monk-like garb. He holds a stalk of white lilies in his left hand, the other is on his breast. In the cloud on the right is another half-figure of a Saint visible from the waist up. He is also bearded and has a gold circlet about his head too. The top of his head is shaved and both his hands are folded on his breast. His robe is dark blue with gilt trim. The sky is pink and blue. The ground is brown and at either end are clumps of green trees while dim blue mountains and lake are in the center. A bearded Saint with a gold circlet around his head kneels on the right. One of his feet shows with its sandal shoe, near it is a staff lying on the ground. His robe is black with gilt trim and a small dark yellow cape over it. In his upraised hands is a stalk of white lilies. Another bearded Saint with a gold circlet around his head kneels at the left. Both his sandaled feet are visible. He wears a dark green robe with gilt trim. A long yellow cloak with fancy gold trim drapes about his figure. He also holds a stalk of white lilies in his upraised hands.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Mexican. Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints, 18th century. Oil on stone (tecali), 11 1/4 x 14 7/16 x 3/4 in. (28.6 x 36.7 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John Wise, 52.8 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.8_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 52.8_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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