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The Original Guadalupe at the Shrine in Mexico City has been studied and copied by many artists.*

Digital copy of the Original Image
with permission of Misi
ón Latina Corporation.  Actual Size of the original Image housed at the Basilica in Mexico City, Mexico
63" X 38 1/2"
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The Royal Monastery of  Santa Maria de Guadalupe in the Province of Estremadura, Spain hosts this image of Santa Maria de Guadalupe

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The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Estremadura, Spain


Altar within the Monastery Chapel


The Guadalupe Institute has been favored by two artists: James Byrnes, now deceased who painted as J. Michael Bear, and well known Albuquerque artist Paul Sanchez.

Our Lady of the Roses
by J. Michael Bear

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Our Lady of the Czestochowa
by J. Michael Bear

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James Byrnes, who painted as J. Michael Bear, a Canadian-Sioux and Laguna Pueblo Indian was born December 25, 1933, and died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 14, 1998.  The Albuquerque Tribune July 2, 1982, quoted James: “My work is based on the Pueblo ceremonies and stories, Kachina ceremonies and legends”.  He said: “I probably have done as much Plains Indian work as Pueblo, but I was raised more Pueblo than Plains”.  A quote from Saga print number P – 40 380:  “His work is known to many collectors and represented in private and public galleries throughout the United States.  He has had one-man shows at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, the Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation, New York City, the Chicago Field Museum, the Museum of New Mexico Fine Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  His paintings have won numerous awards in Competitive shows and hang in all the major collections of Indian Art”.

Our Lady of Guadalupe
by Paul Sanchez

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Paul Sanchez has become one of New Mexico's premier Artists. His ability to portray the evolution and mixture of cultures with the interaction of domestic animals gives his paintings a feeling of life. "My work should tell a story, show emotion and bring out feelings within the viewer. I am trying to mix the past with the present. No one knows the future."

  • An Exhibition of Retablos and Bultos
    of Our Lady of Guadalupe; July 26-28, 2002

*The origin of the Guadalupe painting revered in the Basilica near Mexico City is the subject of much debate.  There are reported apparitions of the Blessed Mother Mary, such as at Lourdes and Fatima, but Guadalupe is the only painting of the young woman chosen to be the Mother of God.  Psalm 147:20 is sometimes read as: “She never does this for other nations,” as the pronoun “He” may be translated “She” in Latin or Spanish.  (At Psalm 147:20, the Jerusalem Bible references Deuteronomy, Acts of the Apostles, and Wisdom.  Dt. 4:7-8: “And indeed, what great nation is there that has its gods so near as Yahweh our God is to us whenever we call to him?  And what great nation is there that has laws and customs to match this whole Law that I put before you today?”  Ac. 14:16: “In the past he allowed each nation to go its own way, but even then he did not leave you without evidence of himself in the good things he does for you; he sends you rain from heaven, he makes your crops grow when they should, he gives you food, and makes you happy;” and Wis. 13:1:  Yes, naturally stupid are all men who have not known God and who, from the good things that are seen, have not been able to discover Him-who-is, or by studying the works, have failed to recognize the Artificer.”

This statute of Saint Juan Diego is in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oaxaca, Mexico.

During the noon Mass, when the sun is high, and positioned just so, the statue casts a shadow, which the locals call La Señora de la Sombra.


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Our Lady of Czestochowa, is the Patroness of the Felician-Franciscan Sisters. This is a copy of the "Black Madonna" at the Monastery of Jasna Góra. John Paul II, in his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, published by Alfred A. Knopf, NY 1994, at page 215 stated:

"Another chapter of my life is Jasna Góra, with the icon of the Black Madonna. Our Lady of Jasna Góra has been venerated for centuries as the Queen of Poland. This Shrine belongs to the entire country. The Polish nation has sought for centuries, and continues to seek support and strength for spiritual rebirth from its Lady and Queen. At Jasna Góra a special evangelization comes about. The great events in the Life of Poland have always been tied to this place in some way. Both the ancient and modern history of my nation have their deepest roots there on the hill of Jasna Góra".

These two photographs were taken from a large painting of Our Lady of Czestochowa which hangs prominently at the Mother House of the Felician - Franciscan Sisters of the Southwest, Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The Felician Sisters were founded 21 November, 1855, at Warsaw, Poland, by Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, born 16 May, 1825) under the direction of Father Honorat Kozminski, O.F.M. Cap. On their suppression, in 1864, by the Russian Government, they transferred the mother-house to Cracow, Austria. Blessed Mary Angela (Sophia) Truszkowska was born 16 May, 1825 in Kalisz, Poland.

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It is well known that Pope John Paul II was devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This picture was taken at his funeral.

There are a number of small chapels underneath St. Peters Basilica. The small chapel adjacent to St. Peter's Tomb is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.


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