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

18th century





Object Info

Object: Nun's Badge
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2013.359


Oil paint on copper with a tortoise shell frame


Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

More Info


diameter: 4 in, 10.1600 cm


Mayer Center of Ancient and Latin American Art


Mayer Center of Ancient and Latin American Art-Latin American Art

Known Provenance

Gifted 25 November 2013 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, 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

Exhibition History

  • "Heaven and Earth: The Jan and Frederick Mayer Collection of Spanish Colonial Art from the Denver Art Museum, Jun 16-Oct 8, 2006, Museo de las Americas, Denver
  • "From Viceregal to Verancular: Painting in Colonial Mexico and New Mexico," Nov 17, 2006-Apr 29, 2007, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe