Exhibition Details

Location: Tony and Milena Astorga Gallery
Dates: April 25, 2018
to December 2, 2018


Dive into the always inventive, often surprising Catholic imagery of the Virgin Mary and the archangels from 17th- and 18th-century colonial Latin America. 

These paintings and works of silver from the Museum’s collection provide a fascinating glimpse into the arcángeles arcabuceros, or military angels carrying muskets, that arose in the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands in the late 17th century; a visual narrative of the Virgin of Guadalupe’s first miraculous appearance in Mexico; the unconventional group of three, nearly identical Christ figures that graphically illustrate the idea of the three holy entities embodied by the Trinity; and a painting from Peru originally entitled The Visitation, which to this day remains a gruesome mystery yet to be solved. 
Ave Maria: The Virgin Mary and the Archangels presents a striking selection of the guises of the Virgin Mary in the colonial world and the distinct representations of archangels unique to the Viceroyalty of Peru.

Admission is free for Museum Members, past and present members of the Military and youth aged 5 and under; included with general admission. For a full breakdown of general admission prices and hours, please visit phxart.org/visit.

This exhibition is offered to the general public for free during voluntary donation, free-access hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and the second weekend of each month from 10am–5pm on Saturday and noon–5 pm on Sunday.

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Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Public Relations Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org 

Left: Sin título (Untitled), 18th century. Oil on canvas. Gift of Gerry S. Culpepper.

Middle: Arcángel Salamiel (Archangel Salamiel), c. 1675-1790. Sterling silver repoussé with gold vermeil. Gift of Diane and Bruce Halle.

Right: El Arcángel Salamiel con Arcabuz (The Archangel Salamiel with a Musket) (detail), 19th century. Oil on canvas. Gift of Gerry S. Culpepper.