Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe's story originated as Tonatzin, the compassionate Aztec mother goddess,s pregnant with life, cloaked in heavenly stars. She stands before a sunlit corona warms and sheds light upon her heavenly body, standing on a crescent moon and carried by her messenger, Juan Diego of Guadalupe, Tepeyac.
image representing mother earth to the indigenous people of the Americas.
The image of Tonatzin was carried by Juan Diego to leaders of the Catholic Church and embraced for conversion of indigenous people across the continent to Christianity. The two representations endure in the hearts of many across the world.
The image above:
In 2013, artist, Cynthia Gomez, crafted her devotional representation of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, with recycled materials including cloth, gold thread and ribbon, embroidery, vintage jewelry, cut paper and tin, adding worry dolls as a representation of her devotional followers. Recently she photographed her art as the center piece to craft shadow boxes and note cards, as an inspiration for others. The original has been shown at the South Broadway Cultural Center’s Guadalupe Exhibit and hangs in the Casa Veranda Gallery in Albuquerque.
You are invited, December 8th, South Broadway Cultural Center's 98th yearly Guadalupe Exhibit Curator invited Vaughn Harris to exhibit his newest Virgin de Guadalupe. Reception is from 5-8 pm. Come meet the artist and view artistic tributes to La Virgin de Guadalupe. See historical story to the left.