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Nuestra Señora del Carmen
- Nuestra Señora del Carmen
- Late 19th Century Original Retablo Oil Painting on Tin created in Mexico.
- Retablo dimensions are approx. 10 inches horizontal x 14 inches vertical.
- Condition: in excellent, clean, original condition with some minor paint loss acquired over more than a century of use and devotional prayer.
- This extremely fine Retablo, portraying the
- Virgen del Carmen, represented as an intercessor of the Animas del Purgatorio was used as the cover art for the Ecuadorian novel "The Potbellied Virgin" by Alicia Yánez Cossío.
- Santa María del Monte Carmelo, commonly referred to as Virgen del Carmen or Nuestra Señora del Carmen, is one of the various invocations of the Virgin Mary. Its name comes from the so-called Mount Carmel in Israel, in the city of Haifa, a name that derives from the word Karmel or Al-Karem and that could be translated as 'garden'. Today there are active Carmelite orders distributed throughout the world, male and female, which revolve around this Marian figure.
- This dedication gives name to all those people called Carmen, Carmela or Carmelo, and who celebrate their name day on the feast of Our Lady of Carmen, on July 16.
- The veneration goes back to the group of hermits who, inspired by the prophet Elijah, retired to live on Mount Carmel, considered the garden of Israel ( "Karmel" means " garden "). These devotees, after the crusades, formed in Europe the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmelites). The Monte Carmelo, located in today's Israel , has been a site of religious devotion since antiquity. In the Hebrew Bible it is mentioned with the name of Hakkarmel (place of the garden), in the book of the prophet Isaiahas a place of great beauty and also appears in relation to the prophet Elijah . It does not appear, however, in the New Testament .
- According to the Carmelite tradition, the 16 of July of 1251, the image of the Virgen del Carmen had appeared to St. Simon Stock, Superior General of the Order, to whom he gave his habits and scapular, principal sign of Marian devotion Carmelite. According to that modern tradition, the Virgin promised to liberate from Purgatory all the souls that have dressed the scapular during their life, the Saturday after the death of the person and take them to heaven. This veneration received papal recognition in 1587 and has been endorsed by the later Pontiffs, especially regarding the scapular.