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Sagrado Corazon

ca. mid-19th-early 20th century Caban group carved and painted wood, ivory, seeds, and string 18 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. (47.0 x 19.4 x 17.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.33 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B


Luce Center Label

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is an important devotional image in the Roman Catholic Church, symbolizing Christ's all-consuming love for mankind. This special symbolism probably began with a vision experienced by a nun, Margaret Mary Alacoque, at her French convent in 1673. She claimed that during the blessing of the Sacrament on the altar, she saw an apparition of Christ with five wounds shining like five suns. His breast opened, revealing his heart as the source of the light. (Yvonne Lange, "Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico," PhD diss., 1975)

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Christ

sculpture

fabric - string

ivory

plant material - seed

wood

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