Escudo de Monja
Spanish colonial art is my favorite religious art - even the folksy Santa Fe style. Icons were piously correct for me to paint and venerate when I was younger, but Spanish devotional art was not at all in favor. Icons were preferred, while the Catholic Baroque was considered pre-Vatican II. Which may be one reason why it is so desired by secular collectors these days.
Anyway - in preparation for the feasts of Our Lady: The Immaculate Conception, Guadalupe, and Loreto, I found a scrap of copper to paint my version of an escudos des monjas, depicting the Virgin of the Apocalypse. It is such a small painting and I do not see very well at all - even using magnifying glasses. I'm using acrylic on copper and I need to be careful to avoid any glaze build up as I paint. The work isn't as refined as I'd like, although it is a wonderful meditation. The Immaculate Conception is all joy to ponder over... Mary of Agreda called her the mystical City of God, didn't she? As did St. Louis de Montfort, "The saints have said wonderful things of Mary, the holy City of God". Blessed are those found in Her.
So, for the first Sunday of Advent, I'll share a couple examples of these wonderful nun's badges - escudos de monjas.
Escudo with saints.
An early 20th century example
of a Conceptionist nun.
Note the rosary around neck.