New for May 2021

May 1, 2021

New for May 2021

May is a time traditionally devoted to the Virgin Mary.  I have a quartet of Marian images from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection to show this month, adding more diversity to the already varied mix of works on The Magnificat page in The Coming of Christ gallery of The Life of Christ section. They are variations on an image of Mary that is becoming the most beloved representation of the Mother of Christ in the Western Hemisphere: Our Lady of Guadalupe. According to tradition, the Virgin appeared to the Aztec peasant, Juan Diego, on December 1531 atop a hill in what is now northern Mexico City, leaving behind her sacred image on a cloak, enshrined in a basilica on the site, second only to the Vatican now as the most popular destination for Roman Catholic pilgrims. Two of the pieces are the work of Mexicans. An unknown artisan has replicated the miraculous full-length portrait, standing on a crescent moon, supported by an angel, in a print on amate tree bark paper, once the papyrus of the Aztec Empire. Lucas Lorenzo, the patriarch of a dynasty of folk artists from the Southern Mexican town of Xalitla, renders the iconic image in a naif style on masonite. Two other pieces attest to the popularity of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the New World. New Mexican Artist Marie Romero Cash depicts the Marian manifestation in the traditional manner of the saint-makers of the American Southwest. She appears again in a brightly colored enamel on wood panel piece (left) in the trademark style of the artisanal workshops of the folk art center of La Palma in El Salvador. (John Kohan)