Nuestra senora de Belen

  • José Campeche y Jordán, Nuestra senora de Belen, late 18th century, oil on copper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.7

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The iconography of the Virgin nursing the infant Jesus identifies Mary with the Church. In the same manner that Mary cares for the Christ child, so the Church nurtures its children. Images of the Virgin nursing were popular in the High Middle Ages, particularly in Spain in Catalonia and Valencia. When José Campeche was active in Puerto Rico, Catalonians were bringing to the island artistic influences from the mother country. (Yvonne Lange, “Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico,” PhD diss., 1975)

Title
Nuestra senora de Belen
Artist
Date
late 18th century
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.2 x 19.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on copper
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Recreation – leisure – eating and drinking
Object Number
1996.91.7
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