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IntroductionIn this museum visit students will view the work of the Mexican retablo tradition (Pinturas de Fe/ Paintings of Faith) and of ex-votos. The Mexican retablo tradition blossomed during the 17th through 19th centuries. Originally, the Spanish conquerors used small devotional saint paintings to convert the indigenous peoples to Catholicism. Retablos soon became popular objects of personal veneration. Workshops specialized in specific images believed to provide protection, health, and prosperity. Ex votos are small devotional paintings related to a personal crisis requesting a favor or offering thanks. Today, individual artists faithfully carry on the tradition of hand painted retablos, and contemporary artists from diverse cultural backgrounds draw creative inspiration from this popular art form.This exhibition, organized by independent scholar Lane Coulter, provides viewers with an appreciation and understanding of this popular expression of religious faith through examples dr...