South American “2 Sided Retablo” mid-1880s

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South American “2 Sided Retablo” mid-1880s

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Auction Date:2012 Jul 13 @ 10:00 (UTC-6 : CST/MDT)
Location:P.O. Box 714, Erie, Colorado, 80516, United States
Peru/Bolivia, mid-1800’s. Oil on metal. On one side of this intriguing early South American tin painting we see an Andean Virgin Mary holding the Christ child. On the other side, and probably meant to signify backing or being backed by her, whichever your point of view, are 3 boys whose right hands are raised in benediction. The first is dressed in the uniform of an early 19th general and bears a strong resemblance to a young Simon Bolivar or Jose San Martin, the great liberating heroes of the struggle for South American independence from Spain. The preadolescent general stands next to depictions of the Child of Prague and a Christ Child who each hold a globe surmounted by a cross in their left hand, symbols of global Christian evangelization. The symbolism connecting the union of church and fight for South American liberation is unmistakable. The painting is in an early 20th c. wood frame. There is some old paint loss but the condition is overall good and stable with no restoration. 10-3/”4 x 8-½”.

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