Virgin, San Felipe, OaxacaArtist(s)Paul StrandArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1933, printed 1967Medium & Supportphotogravure on paperDimensions
15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40 cm x 31.4 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
This photograph depicts a clothed sculpture of the Virgin Mary in a church in San Felipe, Oaxaca, Mexico. The sculpture is the subject of the image, and Strand has framed her as if she were a living being. The sculpture includes standard iconography; she wears a mantle and is depicted with a halo made of metal. She holds her hands in a prayer position, and they are covered with a light, lacy cloth. Behind her, floral motifs can be seen on the wall and, to the right, a fragment of a decorative interior column can be seen.
This photograph is from Paul Strand's The Mexican Portfolio
published in 1967 by Paul Strand. The portfolio consists of a series of 20 images depicting Mexico's people, architecture, landscape, and churches. It was first published in 1940 under the name Photographs of Mexico
, and reprinted under Strand's supervision in 1967 as The Mexican Portfolio.Physical Description
This is a photograph of a clothed wooden sculpture of a woman taken in San Felipe, Oaxaca. Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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