Nuestra senora de Belen

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The iconography of the Virgin nursing the infant Jesus identifies Mary with the Church. In the same manner that Mary cares for the Christ child, so the Church nurtures its children. Images of the Virgin nursing were popular in the High Middle Ages, particularly in Spain in Catalonia and Valencia. When José Campeche was active in Puerto Rico, Catalonians were bringing to the island artistic influences from the mother country. (Yvonne Lange, “Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico,” PhD diss., 1975)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection
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Painting and Sculpture
late 18th century
Object number
José Campeche y Jordán, born San Juan, Puerto Rico 1751-died San Juan, Puerto Rico 1809
Religion\New Testament\Christ
Recreation\leisure\eating and drinking
Religion\New Testament\Mary
oil on copper
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.2 x 19.2 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum