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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Cuzco School

American Art

Throughout the colonial period, traveling scrolls adorned with patron saints were paraded through Spanish American streets during public processions and carried by soldiers on military campaigns. Late colonial portraits reveal an alternate domestic context for these scrolls (see illustration): painted canvases attached to a wooden case, such as this image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, could have been easily transported between a family’s town and country residences to decorate oratorios and other rooms.


A lo largo del periodo colonial, estandartes procesionales adornados con santos patronos desfilaban por las calles de Hispanoamérica durante procesiones públicas; eran también llevados por los soldados en las campañas militares. Algunos retratos coloniales tardíos revelan un contexto doméstico alterno para estos estandartes (ver ilustración): los lienzos pintados sujetos a una caja cilíndrica de madera, como en esta imagen de Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo, podían ser fácilmente transportados entre las residencias familiares urbanas y las casas de campo para decorar oratorios y otras habitaciones.

ARTIST Cuzco School
MEDIUM Oil on canvas with wood case
DATES possibly 1780s
PERIOD Spanish Colonial
DIMENSIONS canvas: 42 x 31 in. (106.7 x 78.7 cm) mounted: 44 x 34 x 3 in. (111.8 x 86.4 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 48.206.81a-c
CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund, Frank Sherman Benson Fund, Carll H. de Silver Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Cuzco School. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, possibly 1780s. Oil on canvas with wood case, canvas: 42 x 31 in. (106.7 x 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, Frank Sherman Benson Fund, Carll H. de Silver Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 48.206.81a-c
IMAGE overall, 48.206.81a-c_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel