Adoration of the Virgin with Apostles and Angels
late 17th c.
22.25" x 18.37"
Framed: 28.75" x 25"
Painting, Oil on copper
Region: Mexico
This is a common theme in Spanish Colonial Art. This painting depicts the Virgin honored by four disparate groups. She is seated in Heaven holding the Christ Child on her lap. Above her is seen a host of angels. To the left the Apostles gaze at her while to the right we see a group of martyrs, indicated by their palm fronds. Below her, in the foreground we see a group of dignitaries, church fathers, and nobility. Curiously we also see, in the lower left corner, Saint Stephen, clutching a handful of arrows.