Virgin, San Felipe, Oaxaca

Accession Number

Virgin, San Felipe, Oaxaca

Paul Strand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1933, printed 1967

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40 cm x 31.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of Art

Subject 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 Classification

Collection Area

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Roman Catholicism
column components
halos (glories)
mantles (outerwear)
modern and contemporary art
religious building fixtures
religious visual works

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