Brand: Modern Artisans
Details: Long a popular folk art form in colonial Spanish and Mexican culture, retablos are devotional paintings depicting divine icons and symbols, particularly Catholic patron saints. Chosen as representations and guardians of particular occupations and life situations, patron saints are often turned to in times of need or to express gratitude for a blessing. Displayed in homes to honor the saint or given as gifts of fortune and inspiration, retablos reflect a beloved historical tradition and cultural artistry. Made by hand in the USA, this retablo plaque honors Our Lady of Guadalupe. An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon hand-carved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging and a story of the saint's life. In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Mexican native Juan Diego, offering her help if Juan would ask the bishop to build a chapel in her honor on the hill where she now appeared. Juan did as he was asked, but the bishop demanded a sign from the Virgin. The following morning, she appeared and healed Juan's dying uncle and provided Juan with roses in winter. He wrapped them in his tilma and ran to the Bishop. Opening his cloak to the bishop, the roses fell, replaced with the image of the Virgin Mary. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built and 10 million natives were converted in the next 10 years. The Aztec practice of human sacrifice was forever ended and an era of peace began. Our Lady of Guadalupe is recognized as the patron saint of Mexico and the Americas.