Skip Navigation

Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

American Art

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe typifies how imported religious traditions were adapted to local circumstances in New World colonies. In 1531 an indigenous convert named Juan Diego experienced a vision in which the Virgin Mary appeared to him as a native woman and instructed him to have the bishop build a church in her honor. The bishop reacted with skepticism until the Virgin miraculously made roses grow out of season and her image materialized on Diego’s cloak. That picture was widely copied— as in this humble example—and became the quin- tessential symbol of Mexico during its struggle for independence in the nineteenth century.
MEDIUM Oil and gold leaf on canvas
  • Place Made: Mexico
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (17.5 x 12.1 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 45.128.11
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Virgin of Guadalupe in center surrounded by garlands of pink roses. Juan Diego stands with cloak of flowers in lower left corner.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Mexican. Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe), 19th century. Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 6 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (17.5 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund, 45.128.11 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.45.128.11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.45.128.11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 8/19/2009
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
    This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement. You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act. The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals. For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.