Cautivo de la Virgen de la Merced
early 18th century
Master of "La Merced"
carved and painted wood 9 3/8 x 5 x 6 3/8 in. (23.7 x 12.8 x 16.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection
Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing
Luce Center Label
The Virgin of Mercy protects all people as equals. This elegantly carved santo of a prisoner kneeling in prayer represents one of her devotees. His small size, offset by wide eyes and disproportionately large hands, underscores his humanity and devotion to the Virgin.
Figure male - full length
State of being - evil - imprisonment