Sagrado Corazon

  • Caban group, Sagrado Corazon, ca. mid-19th-early 20th century, wood, ivory, string, seed, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.33

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus is an important devotional image in the Roman Catholic Church, symbolizing Christ's all-consuming love for mankind. This special symbolism probably began with a vision experienced by a nun, Margaret Mary Alacoque, at her French convent in 1673. She claimed that during the blessing of the Sacrament on the altar, she saw an apparition of Christ with five wounds shining like five suns. His breast opened, revealing his heart as the source of the light. (Yvonne Lange, "Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico," PhD diss., 1975)

Title
Sagrado Corazon
Artists
Date
ca. mid-19th-early 20th century
On View
Dimensions
18 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. (47.0 x 19.4 x 17.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
Object Number
1996.91.33
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