Nuestra Senora del Carmen

  • Rivera group, Nuestra Senora del Carmen, ca. late 19th-early 20th century, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.50

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One of the Virgin Mary's identities in Spain is as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In this guise, she wears a Carmelite habit and scapular decorated with the order's emblem. Her duty is to protect those on earth, as well as the suffering souls in purgatory. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is popular in Puerto Rico and is often invoked in lullabies. In keeping with the emphasis on her role as mother, this santo has a gentle expression on her face, and her gaze is directed downward as if she is nurturing her devotees.

Nuestra Senora del Carmen
ca. late 19th-early 20th century
On View
13 7/8 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (35.3 x 13.4 x 11.5 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

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carved and painted wood
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
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