VILLALPANDO, Cristóbal de

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Description

The Mystic Marriage of St. Rose of Lima
ca. 1700
oil on canvas
canvas: 93 3/4 x 63 3/8 inches
St. Rose de Lima was the first native-born American to be canonized (1671) and is the patron saint of Latin America and the Philippines. She is renowned for her piety, self-sacrifice, and the numerous visions she experienced. Cristal de Villalpando, a prolific Mexican painter of the colonial painter, painted St. Rose at a defining moment in her life: when the infant Jesus appeared to her proffering a rose and declaring, Rose of my heart, I take you as my wife. To contemporary audiences such a union seems odd, but this betrothal was a reference to Roses spiritual destiny to enter the convent and become a bride of Christ, as nuns were more traditionally known.

Creator

VILLALPANDO, Cristóbal de, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, ca. 1645 - 1714

Source

Gift of Robert K. and Gene O. Woolf

Identifier

1986.411

Citation

VILLALPANDO, Cristóbal de, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, ca. 1645 - 1714, “VILLALPANDO, Cristóbal de,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 30, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/6222.