The appearance of Virgin of Guadalupe surprised Juan Diego. The Virgin of Guadalupe was declared as the Mother of the Americas by Pope John Paul II in 2000, Juan Diego was awarded sainthood in 2002. The panel is carved using a single block of cedar wood by the Montalvo Family; the carving reflects the passion that is evident from its intricate details. One cannot remain aloof by the force of expression in the characters. In Spanish, it is known as “Virgen de Guadalupe frente a Juan Diego”. The metal hook on this cedar relief panel, ‘Virgin of Guadalupe before Juan Diego’ facilitates the hanging of the relief panel. It’s valued at $194.95.
The Spanish title “Virgin Inclinada” was given to this piece by the Montalvo Family. A golden halo surrounds the inclining head of Mary, whose face is so utterly calm that it is inspiring. The relief was carved from aromatic cedar wood, and finished with oil paints and gold leaf. The Cedar relief panel, ‘Virgin of Charity’ is framed in cedar wood and can be hung up by the metal hook in the back. It sells at a price of $129.95.
Mary was deep in her thoughts, while her baby was sleeping in her arms. The Montalvo Family illustrated a portrait of love and obedience to the God which was portrayed by the Virgin of Charity. The Cedar relief panel, ‘Inclined Virgin’ sculpture that costs $109.95 was crafted out of cedar wood, surrounded by bronze leaves, hand painted in oils. It was coated with lacquer to protect the carving and there was metal hook at the back to facilitate hanging.
This gentle portrait, Cedar relief panel, ‘Virgin from the Countryside’, depicts Mary as an innocent country girl from Peru. A baby named Jesus is playing with Mary’s braids and hugs her neck with plump baby arms. Javier Ramirez’s work is sculpted in low relief, hand-painted and enhanced with bright bronze leaf. This sells for $152.95 and includes a hook on the back for wall hanging.
The Montalvo Family is a portrayal of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus at the apocalypse. The Cedar relief panel, ‘Virgin of the Apocalypse’ is based on that of Juan de Jáuregui, which was engraved in the 17th Century. The sculpture shows the Virgin protecting her Holy Child from a vicious seven-headed dragon, which is disturbing the family. Mary is shown in the heavens surrounded by sunlight and wearing twelve stars as a crown. She is seated above the moon. The selling price of this cedar wooden sculpture is $252.95.