La Virgen y el Nino

  • Lares group, La Virgen y el Nino, ca. 1875-1900, carved and painted wood, metal, and string, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.44

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This santo shows the Virgin Mary supporting the Christ child on her forearm. The curved lines of her costume and deep grooves defining her long strands of hair create a sense of physical energy, and the stippled dots typify the Lares group's playful decoration. A milagro (a small token, often of a body part, that represents a miracle of healing) hangs from her right hand as an offering of thanks from a worshiper. As with many santos, this figure's original symbols, which were probably held in her hands, have been lost.

Title
La Virgen y el Nino
Artist
Date
ca. 1875-1900
Location
Dimensions
15 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (38.3 x 14.0 x 13.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood, metal, and string
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
Object Number
1996.91.44
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