Cautivo de la Virgen de la Merced

  • Master of "La Merced", Cautivo de la Virgen de la Merced, early 18th century, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.47

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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.

Title
Cautivo de la Virgen de la Merced
Artists
Date
early 18th century
On View
Dimensions
9 3/8 x 5 x 6 3/8 in. (23.7 x 12.8 x 16.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – evil – imprisonment
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
1996.91.47
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