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Mexican Colonial

Nicolas Rodriguez Juarez

Mexico 1667-1734
The Investiture of Saint Ildefonso 25.0155

Ildefonso was born in 606, probably in Visigoth Spain. He became a monk and a follower of Saint Isidore of Seville, and also a noted theologian, writing especially in defense of devotion to the Virgin Mary. Because he became a hero to later theologians who established the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception in the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, a belief arose after his death that the Virgin herself came to dress Ildefonso in a golden chasuble (a liturgical garment worn to say Mass) woven in Heaven. This is what is depicted in the painting.

 

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