The Virgin of Guadalupe with the Four Apparitions

Nicolás Enríquez Mexican

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 626

When Nicolás Enríquez painted this copy of the Virigin of Guadalupe in 1773, it was the most widely venerated sacred image in New Spain. Here, the miraculous image is encircled by four scenes that attest to its divine origin. They record the Virgin’s three appearances to the Indian Juan Diego at Tepeyac, near Mexico City, and culminate in the revelation of her image imprinted on his cloak. An inscription reveals that this copy was sanctified by contact with the original in 1789, sixteen years after it was painted and four years after its owner returned to Spain.

The Virgin of Guadalupe with the Four Apparitions, Nicolás Enríquez (Mexican, 1704–1790), Oil on copper, Mexican

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