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La Virgen de Guadalupe at the El Paso Museum of Art

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico, 19th C)

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico, 19th C)

La Virgen de Guadalupe
El Paso Museum of Art
September 13, 2009 – March 7, 2010

Join the El Paso Museum of Art for a special lecture ‘Guadalupe in the Religious Imagination of Hispanics’ by Dr. Veronica Rayas and the public opening of La Virgen de Guadalupe on Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the El Paso Energy Auditorium. A reception will follow with Matachine Dancers from St. Pious Church from 3:00 4:00 p.m. in the Gateway. The exhibition and public opening are free events.

This exhibition was paid for with funds from the Frank and Sara McKnight Family and Dorrance D. and Olga Roderick Endowments of the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

Verónica Rayas Ph.D. is currently Assistant Director of Tepeyac Institute, the lay ministry formation center for the Diocese of El Paso. She holds a doctorate in Religious Education from Fordham University. Verónica is a native of El Paso who recently returned home after working for the Archdiocese of New York.

La Virgen de Guadalupe

This exhibition features 14 retablos from EPMA’s permanent collection and explores the popularity of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a major religious and cultural icon in Mexican and Mexican American culture. The retablos are the gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance D. Roderick, Dr. Steven McKnight in honor of Frank and Sara McKnight, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Miller.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is the most popular and well known of all Mexican images. Since the 19th century, she has been a symbol of national identity for the Mexican people. The patron saint of curing illness, the Virgin of Guadalupe is a hybrid of both indigenous and Spanish iconography.

According to legends in Mexico, the Virgin visited an Indian boy, Juan Diego, in a vision on the hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. The Virgin requested that a church be built in her honor on the site where she visited Diego, however the Bishop was in disbelief. Only when the Virgin gave Diego a cloak with out-of-season roses and her image miraculously imprinted upon it did the Bishop believe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico, 19th C)

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico, 19th C)

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