Virgen de Monserrate

  • Unidentified (Puerto Rican), Virgen de Monserrate, ca. 1775-1825, oil on canvas lined with masonite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.10

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In this devotional painting the Virgin is shown seated with the Christ child in her lap. Behind the figures rise the Monserrate Mountains, near Barcelona, where a Benedictine abbey was built. Monserrate, or “sawed mountain,” refers to the vertical fissures caused by earthquakes in the mountains. Spanish immigrants brought images of the Virgin of Monserrate to Puerto Rico. The most famous miracle credited to her on the island took place near Hormigueros, when the Virgin interceded to save a man from a charging bull. Her image was popular in Puerto Rico, where carved and painted versions were widely copied from mass-produced prints and prayer cards.

Virgen de Monserrate
ca. 1775-1825
On View
image: 7 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (18.8 x 13.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums Description
oil on canvas lined with masonite
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
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