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Artist Unknown Artist
Title Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners (Nuestra Señora, Refugio de Pecadores)
Date 19th c.
Medium oil on tin
Place of Origin Mexico
Culture Mexican
Catalog Number 1991.49
Collection Retablo or Ex Voto Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift Estate of Virginia H. Johnson
Didactic Information This image represents solace and comfort from the suffering of the human condition. In the many reproductions of this theme, there is little variation in composition. Mary is seen holding the Christ child, who is clothed in a diaphanous gown; the transparence reveals his human, rather than divine, form. Both wear crowns and Mary's cipher, or monogram, appears on her gown.

A copy of the painting was brought to Zacatecas, Mexico where Mary, as the Refuge of Sinners, became the city's patron saint.