Portrait of the Reverend Mother María Antonia de Rivera

Artist/maker unknown, Mexicanc. 1757

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In the eighteenth century it became fashionable among Mexican families to commission portraits of daughters who were taking their final vows to become nuns. Known as monjas coronadas, "crowned nuns," the portraits showed the young women as brides of Christ, wearing wedding rings and elaborate floral crowns. The inscriptions on this painting, some added after the death of the sitter, indicate that she was born in 1736, took vows in 1757, became a prioress or director of her order in 1791, and died in 1806.

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  • Title: Portrait of the Reverend Mother María Antonia de Rivera
  • Date: c. 1757
  • Location: Mexico
  • Physical Dimensions: w31.63 x h49 in (Overall)
  • Artist/Maker: Artist/maker unknown, Mexican
  • Provenance: The Dr. Robert H. Lamborn Collection, 1903
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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