Our Lady of Guadalupe

Gessoed and painted wood, fabric, glass eyes, wig. Approximately 5 feet tall (152 cm.).
Church of Santa María de la Asunción, Tlaxiaco, Mexico

This santo has all the features of the Guadalupe iconographic type. Mary wears a crown and stands with folded hands on a blue cape sprinkled with stars that partly covers a crescent moon. An angel stands below with his arms raised. Rays of light form an aureole around the entire figure. In the miracle originally related in Antonio Valeriano's Nican Mopohua this was the image that Mary placed inside the mantle of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin when he took it to the Bishop of Mexico City in December of 1531 with the message that she wanted him to build her a church in Juan's home town of Tlatilolco. To the bishop's surprise, when Juan opened the mantle it was filled with flowers out of season.

In this particular santo the Virgin's skin has a wonderful sheen and the hands are finely detailed. Sadly, the fingers of the angel's left hand have broken off.

Also see this painting from the 18th century.
More of portraits of the Virgin Mary

Photographed at the church by Claire and Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.