Virgen de Candelaria de Copacabana con Santo Domingo y Santa Rosa
18th century
63" x 39.75"
Framed: 90" x 57.5"
Painting, oil on canvas
Region: Peru
According to a local legend, in 1576, some Inca fisherman were caught in a terrible storm on Lake Titicaca. As they prayed for help, the Virgin Mary appeared and led them to safety. In gratitude, they built a shrine containing a statue of the Virgin, which was sculpted by the Inca craftsman Tito Yupanqui the same year. The painting represents dressed statues of highly formalized, iconic appearance. Our Lady of Copacabana is shown as the Virgin of the Purification or the Virgin of Candlemas. Santa Rosa de Lima and Saint Dominic are pictured below.