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The Virgin of Guadalupe

Origin New Mexico
Title The Virgin of Guadalupe (Bulto)
Date Mid 19th–early 20th century
Medium Wood and pigment
Dimensions Object: 21 5/8 × 6 7/8 × 4 3/4 in. (54.9 × 17.5 × 12.1 cm)
Overall: 21 5/8 × 6 7/8 × 4 3/4 in. (54.9 × 17.5 × 12.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 61.24

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Spanish colonialism brought Christianity to the American Southwest and used art as one of its main teaching tools when attempting to convert Native Americas. Saint Figures, or Santos Figures, such as this example have two main types: bultos, which are three-dimensional sculptures and retablos which are paintings of saints. Saint Figures were used in religious ceremonies, for teaching, and as devotional images in both churches and private chapels.

The Virgin Mary and in particular the Virgin of Guadalupe was and continues to be a very important and often depicted figure.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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