X91.4615 Retablo

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Late 19th-early 20th century
Tin and paint
H: 36.0 cm, W: 25.5 cm (H: 14.2 in, W: 10.0 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Lenore Hoag Mulryan. X91.4615


The patron saint of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe, is one of the most popular subjects of retablos. This painting recounts the story of her miraculous appearance to a converted Indian named Juan Diego on Tepeyac, the former site of a temple dedicated to the Aztec mother goddess Tonatzin.

Source: Exhibition Wall Text: Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006