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

Object

Artist

Andres Lopez, Mexican
Active Years: 1763-1811
signed

Country

Object Info

Object: Nun's Badge
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2013.364

Medium/Technique

Oil paint and gold leaf on copper with a tortoise shell frame

Credit

Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

More Info

Dimensions

diameter: 8 1/4 in, 20.9550 cm; depth: 3/8 in, 0.9525 cm

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Spanish Colonial

Known Provenance

Gifted 25 November 2013 by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Collection 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.

Inscription

Signed bottom center

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 piece is signed by Andrés López.
--Donna Pierce, 2015