European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Portrait of the Reverend Mother María Antonia de RiveraMade in Mexico, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, Mexican
Oil on canvas
1903-920The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903
LabelIn the eighteenth century it became fashionable among Mexican families to commission portraits of daughters who were taking their final vows to become nuns. Known as monjas coronadas, "crowned nuns," the portraits showed the young women as brides of Christ, wearing wedding rings and elaborate floral crowns. The inscriptions on this painting, some added after the death of the sitter, indicate that she was born in 1736, took vows in 1757, became a prioress or director of her order in 1791, and died in 1806.
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