Virgin of the Apocalypse Surrounded by Saints (nun's badge)

circa 1770

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Country

Object Info

Object: Nun's Badge
Currently on view
Object ID: 1985.361

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on copper in a tortoise shell frame

Credit

Funds from the 1985 Trip Benefit and the Acquisition Challenge Grant

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Dimensions

d: 7, 1

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Spanish Colonial

Known Provenance

Purchased by the Denver Art Museum 19 November 1985 with funds from the 1985 Trip Benefit and the Acquisitions Challenge Grant. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Extended Info

Nun’s badges (escudos) are unique to Mexico. Invented there in the seventeenth century, they were worn at the throat by Conceptionist and Jeronymite nuns over the habits of their respective orders. Representing images of the Virgin and saints significant to the order and/or the individual nun, they were usually painted on round or oval sheets of copper and framed in tortoiseshell or wood. Many of the most famous artists in Mexico painted nun’s badges and some are signed by the artists.
--Donna Pierce, 2015