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Nuestra senora de Belen

late 18th century José Campeche y Jordán Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1751 Died: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1809 oil on copper 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.2 x 19.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.7 Not currently on view


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The iconography of the Virgin nursing the infant Jesus identifies Mary with the Church. In the same manner that Mary cares for the Christ child, so the Church nurtures its children. Images of the Virgin nursing were popular in the High Middle Ages, particularly in Spain in Catalonia and Valencia. When José Campeche was active in Puerto Rico, Catalonians were bringing to the island artistic influences from the mother country. (Yvonne Lange, “Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico,” PhD diss., 1975)

Keywords

Recreation - leisure - eating and drinking

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Mary

painting

paint - oil

metal - copper

About José Campeche y Jordán

Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1751 Died: San Juan, Puerto Rico 1809

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