Private/Public: Images of Devotion from 19th and Early 20th Century Mexico Opening
Curated by Emmanuel Ortega
The images in this exhibition represent more than a group of small religious paintings. They embody the complicated artistic nature of Christian iconography, symbolism and private/public forms of devotion that were established in Mexico as the norm by the nineteenth century. Objects on display include ex-votos and retablos (small tin oil paintings presented as offerings in churches and sacred sites), wooden sculptures and milagros (small hand crafted silver offerings). These objects are the visual result of 400 years of private/public devotional practices that begun to take shape in Mexico after 1521. Their importance resides in the intricacies of the miracles narrated, the intended reception, and the type of information they reveal about private/public devotional practices in Mexico before and after the independence of 1821.
La Vendimia Mística (Mystic Harvest), Anonymous, c. 19th century. Oil on tin. 14" x 10"
Private Collection, Las Vegas