Traditional ex-voto, depicting
a Child cured of Smallpox
15th of March, 1907)
oil on tin, 12" x
Collection of the
ex-voto is a small devotional painting traditionally
found in Italy, Spain and Mexico. A client would
commission the village artisan to paint an ex-voto
to a specific saint to give thanks
for saving them from a specific incident.
ex-voto usually depicts the commissioner, a particular
saint, symbols to represent the event and several lines
of text under the imagery to supplement the symbolism.
painted on tin, contemporary ex-votos are painted on
other types of metal, such as aluminium.
your own ex-voto to document your life experiences,
luck and misfortunes, gains and losses, loves, joys,
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