Our Lady of Carmel
ca. 1725
70" x 43.375"
Framed: 77.5" x 51"
Painting, oil on canvas
Region: Bolivia
This painting depicts Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the title given to the Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid 13th century. She holds the infant Jesus in her left hand, and the Brown Scapular in her right hand. Mary is said to have given the Brown Scapular to the early Carmelite Saint Simon Stock. It is associated with promises of Mary's special aid for souls in Purgatory, as seen here, and for the salvation of the devoted wearer.