Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Our Lady of Light)

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

Media/Materials
Wood
Measurements
23 x 10 3/8 x 5 5/8in (58.4 x 26.4 x 14.3cm)
Credit line
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
Accession number
1950.264
Object type
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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