Virgin of Sorrows with St. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene (nun's badge)

circa 1700





Object Info

Object: Nun's Badge
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2013.360


Paint and embroidery on silk


Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

More Info


d: 6, 1


New World


New World-Spanish Colonial

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. This object is particularly unusual in that it is entirely embroidered in silk thread and may originally have been a medallion on a church vestment before being re-purposed as a nun’s badge.
--Donna Pierce, 2015