Guadalupe Contemporary Retablo

Contemporary Hispanic art Guadalupe with Crown - The World is Her Heart
Guadalupe with Crown - The World is Her Heart by ©Cristina Acosta

Contemporary retablo of the Guadalupe with Crown is an ex-voto. Titled, Guadalupe with Crown, the World is Her Heart, in this image the Guadalupe holds the earth within her heart. The spinning earth nestles into her body, a universe of spacious emptiness. Her image is created on sheets of sterling silver metal leaf layered with oil paints glazes and layered again with more silver. Her gaze is straight-forwards and engages you.

An ex-voto is a type of retablo that portrays a non-typical version of the revered religious figure. I painted this version of the Guadalupe to show her as a nurturing and loving universe gently enfolding the planet earth.

Title: Guadalupe with Crown, the World is Her Heart

Medium:  Oil; 22kt gold, sterling silver leaf on vintage Ponderosa Pine wood panel reclaimed from a 1904 wood mill and formed by an artisan woodworker into a single panel.

Size: 18″ x 24″

Year: Fall 2007, 2009