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The Thoma Foundation has acquired new works including this striking image of Our Lady of Loreto, which depicts one of the most important Black Madonnas of Europe. While devotion to the Virgin of Loreto was promoted by the Jesuit order, images are relatively unusual in the Spanish Americas, though some examples are found in Mexico.  While most Spanish American works depict the Virgin with pale white skin, the Thoma work is distinctive in retaining the bronze skin tone of the original statue in Italy. To explore their collections, click here.

February 2021






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