Coronation of the Virgin with Saints (nun's badge)

circa 1770

Object

Artist

Attributed to Jose de Paez, Mexican, 1727-1790
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
Work Locations: Mexico City, Mexico

Country

Object Info

Object: Nun's Badge
Currently on view
Object ID: 2015.557

Medium/Technique

Oil on copper with tortoise shell frame

Credit

Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

More Info

Dimensions

height: .25 in, 0.6350 cm; diameter: 8.25 in, 20.9550 cm

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Spanish Colonial

Known Provenance

Gifted 23 November 2015 by Frederick and Jan Mayer of Denver, CO, to the Denver Art Museum. 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. This badge is similar in style and complexity to others made by, or attributed to, José de Páez, a prolific artist who often painted for the convents in Mexico City.
--Donna Pierce, 2015