"Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners", Spanish Colonial oil on canvas, depicting the crowned Mary wearing a blue mantle embroidered with the rubric of her name, over her red robes; the crowned Christ Child in a sheer garment, a symbol of modesty. Frame:38" x 30½"
Mexico/South America c. 18th c.
37" x 29½"
CONDITION: As found condition. Painting has a rich, warm surface, but note the wear and losses to the lower edge, as seen in the photo. Original stretcher, but the reverse has been painted green and there is a crude patch, visible on the front and back.
"Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners" was a very popular subject throughout South America and Mexico during the 18th and 19th centuries. For an interesting discussion of this subject, see Suzanne Stratton-Pruit, "The Virgin, Saints and Angels- South American Paintings 1600-1825 from the Thoma Collection", (Stanford, CA: Skira,2006), 166-167. See also Marcus B. Burke, "Treasures of Mexican Colonial Painting", (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1998) 128, 130.