Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Our Lady of Light)

Maker and role
Artist: José Dolores López, New Mexican, 1868-1937
ca. 1930
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Object detail

23 x 10 3/8 x 5 5/8in (58.4 x 26.4 x 14.3cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
José Dolores López adapted designs from popular New Mexican filigree jewelry into his woodcarvings. In this bulto, a stitching design on the bodice and fitted sleeves suggests a lace applique.

Although many New Mexican santeros developed their craft at a family workshop, López did not follow the example of his father, Nasario, until later in life. Even then, he created non-traditional saint figures that were rarely painted. Today, López's descendants continue his approach to carving and image-making.


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