|Title||Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners (Nuestra Señora, Refugio de Pecadores)|
|Medium||oil on tin|
|Place of Origin||Mexico|
|Collection||Retablo or Ex Voto Collection|
|Credit line||Gift Estate of Virginia H. Johnson|
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.