THE VIRGIN MARY IN THE ART OF LATIN AMERICA 1520-1820
May 8, 2021
Latin Americans in colonial times had an abounding love for the Virgin Mary. During these 300 years, devotions to Mary proliferated widely, particularly among Amerindian groups who identified with her compassion, and her role as an intercessor and mother. The Virgin of Guadalupe is still the most important religious image in Latin America, but many other local devotions sprouted as well, each with distinctive imagery, in large cities and tiny villages, alike from Quito (present-day Ecuador) to Chiloé (Chilean Patagonia). This talk will explore how artists of every background and walk of life transformed imported European images of the Virgin to make her a truly Latin American saint with art historian Gauvin Alexander Bailey. This event is co-presented with the Lumen Christi Institute. Our co-sponsors include: the New England Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts Vatican Museums, the Collegium Institute's Ars Vivendi Arts Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, the Saint Benedict Institute at Hope College (MI), the St. Paul's Catholic University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the St. Lawrence Institute for Faith and Culture at the University of Kansas, the Nova Forum and the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.