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Nun's Shield

Fray Miguel de Herrera, O.A., Mexican (born Spain), (before 1700–after 1765)

Creation date: mid 18th century
Creation place: Mexico

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on copper
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Latin American Arts Committee
Accession Number: 2001.12
Dimensions: 6 1/4 in. (15.88 cm)
SEE CONSERVATION NOTES BEFORE HANDLING. The backing is loose and unstable.
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Valery Taylor Gallery, New York, New York ( - January 30, 2001)

Private Collection, Brazil/New York, New York (ca. 1960 - ca. 2000)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 30, 2001 - )

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Fray Miguel de Herrera (Spanish, active in Mexico, 1696–ca. 1780)
Virgin of the Immaculate Conception
ca. 1770
Oil on copper

Nun’s badges (
escudos in Spanish) such as this one were made to be worn on the chest as part of daily dress and devotion. This example for a Conceptionist nun features the Virgin Mary crowned by the trinity, surrounded by saints, including Michael, Ignatius, and Francis. Usually painted on copper, such escudos had their origins in medieval chivalric insignia but first became popular among wealthy nuns in New Spain (Mexico). -- MAB 2015

Last Updated: 5/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Berin Golonu, ed. Artweek Spaulding-Devin, Inc.. San Jose, California, June 2001
Page Number: 2, Figure Number: 2

Ms. Claudia Leos. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 205, Figure Number: 205

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