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Object Information:

Artist: José Benito Ortega, New Mexican, 1858-1941

Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel)

ca. 1885-1907

Wood with water soluble paint

height, 24 1/4in (61.6cm)

Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay



Not on view

Further Information:

The niche framing the figure attests to Ortega's use of modern methods. After the introduction of sawmills in New Mexico in 1847, a few santeros like Ortega incorporated scraps of lumber from the new mills. The figure of the Virgin Mary is carved from native cottonwood, while the niche is made from milled lumber.

Artist/Maker Bio

Ortega, José Benito