Ex-voto

Mexico

1940

Painted tin

9 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches

San Nicolas de Bari: Thank you for the grace and aid to heal me of a very rare infirmity that could not be cured by regular medical means and that your intercession helped without having to spend so much.

Federico Lara, 1940

Ex-votos are objects or paintings left in gratitude, particularly for healing or blessing. In Mexico they tell the story of the blessing.