- Title: Mexico exhibition shines light on religious devotion in repatriated paintings
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (AUGUST 26, 2019) (REUTERS) RELIGIOUS PAINTING ON DISPLAY PEOPLE AT EXHIBITION RELIGIOUS PAINTING ON DISPLAY HISTORICAL LETTER AS PART OF EXHIBITION MUSEUM VISITOR TAKING A PHOTO OF PAINTING ON DISPLAY VARIOUS OF PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY VISITORS AT MUSEUM VARIOUS OF PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY EXHIBITION SPACE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EXHIBITION CURATOR, MARIA CRISTINA NOGUERA, SAYING: "It's an expression of devotion, but the painters also reflect their surroundings. There are some that are very simple and show just the devotion, but others reveal the common dress of the era, show the environment and the fauna, the jobs that were done, for example that of construction workers and miners. Workplace accidents are depicted." PEOPLE LOOKING AT PAINTING ON DISPLAY PAINTING ON DISPLAY PEOPLE LOOKING AT PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EXHIBITION CURATOR, MARIA CRISTINA NOGUERA, SAYING: "A patrimony of the country was recovered because of the goodwill of countries. A great archaeological patrimony was recovered, there are very few examples colonial patrimonies like this one. It's a collection that has great pieces, it's a collection of great quality." PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY PEOPLE LOOKING AT PAINTINGS PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY SCENE DEPICTED IN PAINTING EXHIBITION SPACE
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 01:28
- Keywords: religion Mexico exhibition Mexico City repatriated paintings Italy devotion
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001AU4SV2F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Nearly 600 paintings of religious devotion repatriated to Mexico from Italy have gone on display in Mexico City.
These works of art are known in Spanish as "ex votos", and were painted between the 18th and 20th century as a sign of one's religious devotion.
The paintings feature biblical scenes such as the crucifixion and the Virgin Mary's ascension to heaven.
These paintings are sought after in the black market as their unique canvases and artistic stylings shed light on Mexico's unique religious devotion and the environment at the time.
According to historians, these paintings were taken from churches and religious buildings in Mexico and sent abroad. But they were returned to the country earlier this year, making this exhibition a first for Mexico.
The exhibition, entitled Memory of Miracles, will be on show at Mexico City's National Museum of Cultures until March 2020.
(Production: Josue Gonzalez)
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