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Nuestra Señora La Reina Del Cielo (Our Lady Queen of Heaven)

1991 Horacio Valdez Born: Dixon, New Mexico 1929 Died: Apodaca, New Mexico 1992 carved and painted wood with metal and silver crown 31 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (79.4 x 24.1 x 19.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.90 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


Luce Center Quote

“He always thought of God when he carved. He felt it brought him closer to God.” Carmen Valdez, wife of Horacio Valdez

Luce Center Label

Horacio Valdez was one of the first contemporary santeros (carvers of wooden saints) to paint his figures using commercial paints. In this piece the crescent moon on the bottom of the Virgin Mary’s skirt evokes the biblical passage in which a woman appears in heaven at the end of the world, “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head” (Revelation 12:1). The feather represents an eagle wing, which was given to the woman so that she could fly away to escape the devil.

Keywords

Occupation - other - aristocrat

Religion - New Testament - Mary

sculpture

folk art

metal

metal - silver

paint

wood

About Horacio Valdez

Born: Dixon, New Mexico 1929 Died: Apodaca, New Mexico 1992

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