Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Nuestra Señora del Carmen

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Title

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Object Type

Painting

Creator

Anonymous

Origin

Mexico, 18th century

Medium

Oil on copper, silver

Dimensions

H12 3/8 x W8 3/4 in

Identifier

2014.015

Acquisition Method

Purchase

Provenance

Peyton-Wright Gallery, Santa Fe; private collection, Washington D.C.

Physical Description

Inscription in ink on verso: Dn Jacinto Domenech 16xx. Probably not original to piece.

Comments

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel holds the Christ Child who is offering the scapulars to a soul in purgatory. The Virgin is clothed in the brown Carmelite habit.

The size and shape of the painting are very similar to the Mexican 'escudos de monjas'--the Nuns' badges that were worn by nuns of the Conceptionist and Hieronymite orders. However, these are generally images of the Immaculate Conception. This is most probably a small devotional painting for household use.

The frame appears to be late 18th-early 19th century. It is silver repoussé, Neo-classical in style with garlands and ribbons ending in tassels.

Contributor

RFG

Collection

Citation

Anonymous, “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Nuestra Señora del Carmen,” Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Collections, accessed October 18, 2017, http://collections.spanishcolonial.org/items/show/2874.