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Puerto Rican Sculpture
about 1890

Miracle of the Virgin of Homigheros
According to local tradition, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to a farmer named Gerardo González near Hormigueros in southwestern Puerto Rico in 1599. It is said to have occurred after a bull charged González, who, in desperation, invoked the name of the Virgin for protection. Immediately, the story goes, the beast fell to the ground, its legs broken and its forehead touching the ground, as if in prayer. In gratitude, González built and dedicated a church to Our Lady Virgin of Hormigueros. This painted wood sculpture--which depicts the Virgin, a farmer, and a kneeling bull--was probably created for a shrine in a home.

Notes
Wood, pigment
Web display only

Learn more!
· Roman Catholicism in Puerto Rico
· "A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico," an NMAH Virtual Exhibition

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