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Lot 0454
**Originally Listed At $200**

Latin America, Mexico, ca. 1960 CE. A rare style of ex-voto painting, done on a piece of particle board, and finely painted with good use of perspective and attention to detail. The piece is dedicated to the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos, who helped its creator when he or she was unwell. It has well-preserved written details. Size: 14.3" W x 10.75" H (36.3 cm x 27.3 cm)

Ex-votos are narrative paintings indicative of healing or blessing popular in Mexican visual culture. This tradition was inspired by the Greeks and was brought to the New World by the Spaniards. These votive paintings were hung in a church or placed adjacent to an image in order to celebrate and give thanks for the recovery of the donor from an illness or dangerous situation. In essence, ex-votos represent the spiritual or physical gains received by the donor. These paintings include hand painted passages that relate the details of the cure or the rescue. Oftentimes, however, this commentary is replete with regional dialect and difficult to translate. Nevertheless, if you are familiar with the Spanish language, you will probably get the gist of these anecdotal paintings.

Provenance: ex-Historia Antiques, Santa Monica, CA, ex James Caswell collection

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Wear to paint as shown, with rust marks, especially in the upper left.

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  • 24.5%

20th C. Rare Mexican Ex Voto - Paint on Board

Estimate $350 - $525Apr 30, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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