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Acquisition Highlight: Nursing Madonna, Mid-19th Century

February 12, 2020
Art of the Spanish Americas
Unidentified artist, Bolivia, Nursing Madonna (detail), mid-19th century, oil with gold on canvas. Photo by Anteo Subastas.

Recently acquired by the Foundation, Nursing Madonna, an oil painting with gold detailing created by an unidentified Bolivian artist in the mid-19th century, shows the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child dressed to reflect their Andean surroundings. Mary is clothed in garments similar to Aymara women of the time and the Infant Christ is wrapped in a shall recalling Andean weavings. The pair is set within the Andean countryside, complete with llamas and country folk.

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Unidentified artist, Bolivia, Nursing Madonna (detail), mid-19th century, oil with gold on canvas. Photo by Anteo Subastas.