Guadalupe Acozac, the late baroque main altarpiece
Today, on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, we bring you this portrait, the centerpiece of the retablo mayor in the church of Guadalupe in Acozac in northern Mexico state.
This is a classic portrayal, with the Virgin in a starry blue cape standing atop a crescent moon. The four Apparitions occupy the corners, while a scene of the original basilica in the Villa de Guadalupe is shown at the bottom. Although this painting is almost certainly late colonial, it does not appear to be signed.
text © 2020 Richard D. Perry
color photography courtesy of Niccolo Brooker