Latin America, Mexico, dated the 1st of May 1863 CE. An antique Mexican ex voto depicting a young man who has removed his sombrero on bended knee with his hands clasped over his heart in prayer before a vision of the Jesus Christ on the cross within a mandorla of clouds beside a haloed Saint Rufino Camarillo dressed in blue and white robes and holding a holy book in his right hand and a processional cross in his left. Unfortunately, the text has faded a bit and is somewhat difficult to read. The date, however, is quite clear, as the text begins, "On the 1st of May on 1863 . . . " One can also make out the names of "Sr. Puebla" and "Santo Rufino Camarillo" (sp) in the text. The artist clearly had knowledge of both linear and atmospheric perspective. Of course the folk art influences trump the academic ones, making for a charming stylistic aesthetic. A special example indeed! Size: 14" L x 10" W (35.6 cm x 25.4 cm)
Condition: Top left corner bent. Minor surface wear. Text has faded somewhat, but sections can be deciphered.
Provenance: Ex-James Caswell, Historia Antiques, Santa Monica, CA.
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