Our Lady of Valvanera

Miguel Cabrera, Mexican, 1695 - 1768

Geography:
Made in Mexico, North and Central America

Date:
1762

Medium:
Oil on copper

Dimensions:
16 9/16 x 12 1/2 inches (42.1 x 31.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 272, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
1903-897

Credit Line:
The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903

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Label:
This small work on copper by Miguel Cabrera depicts the Virgin of Valvanera and was likely made for private devotional use. The original Virgin of Valvanera, patroness of the Rioja region in Spain, is a Romanesque sculpture. Legend tells that following the reconquest of the region from the Moors, an angel led a man to the sculpture of the Virgin, which was hidden within a large oak tree that had a spring at its roots and a beehive in its trunk.


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