This vintage "retablo" or religious painting on a thin sheet of metal is from Mexico, circa 1960s to 1970s, and depicts Mary Immaculate Heart in a simple, almost primitive depiction, heart outside the chest on a beige-pink robe, and a blue cape over it. This depiction of Mary "commemorates the joys and sorrows of the Mother of God, her virtues and perfections, her love for God and her Divine Son and her compassionate love for mankind." This piece, painted about 50-60 years ago in Mexico, reproduced a much earlier piece from the Spanish Colonial era. Religious art of "New Spain," or Spanish Colonial Mexico, came to the region in the late sixteenth century and represented in many cases reproductions, sometimes from memory, old European art forms. The art was devotional, meaning the pieces were used in churches, but also for home altars, as the settlements were often isolated. The santos (saints) made in two-dimensional form were known as retablos and were often painted on wood but also metal and canvas. While the metal upon which this is painted is quite old, perhaps much older than the painting itself, we know the image is not antique, which we can tell by the vibrancy of the paint.
The metal "canvas" measures about 8-3/4" wide by about 11" tall. There is a great deal of wear to the metal, and some to the painting. The tin is very thin and will need to either be set into a frame or onto an easel to be displayed.
A wonderful piece of religious folk art.
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