La Virgen de los Pescados [The Virgin of the Fish]
111.8 x 76.4 cm (44 x 30 1/16 in.)
(Guadalajara, Mexico, 1957 - )
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
A complex religious figure, "la Virgen" is a traditional female role model that embodies both purity and motherhood. She is simultaneously revered and reimagined by artists to fit contemporary notions of gender. Cristina Cárdenas maintains a relatively conventional depiction in "La Virgen de los Pescados", emphasizing the Virgin’s gold jewelry to match metallic highlights on her halo and the fish.