Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most reproduced images of the Christian world. This copy by Antonio and Manuel de Arellano depicts the Virgin surrounded by four vignettes, which narrate her appearances to the Indian Juan Diego in 1531 and the unveiling of her miraculous image imprinted on his cloak.
To meet increasing demand for reputable copies, the Mexican artist Juan Correa (c. 1645–1716) produced a waxed-paper template that enabled painters to accurately reproduce the design. This accounts for the comparable dimensions of some copies, despite variations of style and details. The Arellanos added the inscription “touched to the original” (tocada a la original) to emphasize that their copy was endowed with the power of the true relic.
From exhibition Archive of the World, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Jeanette F. Peterson in the accompanying publication, cat. no. 5, pp. 45–49)
- Katzew, Ilona, ed. Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/D.A.P., 2022.
Ilona Katzew, “Acquired Yesterday: Our Lady of Guadalupe,” Unframed, June 25, 2009, https://unframed.lacma.org/2009/06/25/just-acquired-our-lady-of-guadalupe.
- Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 6, 2011 - January 29, 2012
- Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800*** Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2022 - October 30, 2022
- Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800*** Nashville, TN, Frist Art Museum, October 20, 2023 - January 28, 2024