Votive offering dedicated to the Lord of Mercy


Museo Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo
Mexico, Mexico

Frida Kahlo collected more than 400 exvotos—votive paintings or small altarpieces—as a testimony of the richness of popular art in Mexico, as well as the artistic expression and faith of Mexican people. Exvotos are small offerings painted by people that want to thank the Virgin or some saints for a favor they received. Almost all of the pieces in the Frida Kahlo Museum collection are from churches located in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Michoacán and Zacatecas. “With fervor of my hearth” was a common saying in Jalisco, which was used by the faithful ones in the middle of the 19th century, to thank their saints for the favors they received. This saying appears in the exvotos dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary of Talpa and the Lord of Encino de Yahualica.


  • Title: Votive offering dedicated to the Lord of Mercy
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1876
  • provenance source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • provenance extent: complete
  • provenance: Part of the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera archives, called Treasures of the Blue House, which were kept in a room for 50 years, since Frida died, and opened in 2004.
  • medium source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • medium extent: complete
  • description source: Museo Frida Kahlo
  • description extent: Complete
  • description: El 24 de mayo de 1876 acontesio á Dñ. Yldefosia Ortis, la desgrasia de haberla tumbado un toro. Y biendose en esta situación tan penosa inboco Con veras de su corazon al Sor. De la Misericordia de Ocotlán quién la liberto, del (ilegible) tan peligroso en que se hallaba, en reconocimiento de esto le dedico el presente retablo. [sic]
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/exvotos.html
  • Medium: Oil on copper foil

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