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The Virgin of Guadalupe by Marsden Hartley
The Virgin of Guadalupe by Marsden Hartley

The Virgin of Guadalupe, 1918

Marsden Hartley

Not long after his return to the United States from Germany, Hartley ventured to New Mexico, where he became enamored of the Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and American Indian arts of the region. The Virgin of Guadalupe depicts a bulto, a small carved and painted religious statue. Hartley likely based the painting on a specific bulto of the Virgin Mary to which he had access. Artists and collectors were attracted to bultos because they seemed to be made by their (usually anonymous) creators with both directness and sincerity, qualities to which Hartley similarly aspired.

Credit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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