The Virgin of El Camino with St. Fermín and St. Saturnino

Nicolás Enríquez Mexican

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 626

According to legend, the sculpture known as Our Lady of El Camino miraculously appeared in the rafters of the Pamplona, Spain, parish of San Saturnino in 1487, having transported itself there from a derelict hermitage in another location. Devotion to the image prevails in Pamplona and the rest of Navarre, including the owner’s native Baztán Valley, whose checkerboard coat of arms appears beneath the Virgin. Figures of Saint Saturnino and Saint Fermín, patrons of Pamplona and Navarre, respectively, are also included. The composition is copied from an indulgenced print that promises remission of punishment for sins in exchange for reciting prayers in front of the image.

The Virgin of El Camino with St. Fermín and St. Saturnino, Nicolás Enríquez (Mexican, 1704–1790), Oil on copper, Mexican

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