This mid 19th century ‘Our Lady of Copacabana’ retablo was hand painted by a skilled artisan who used nothing more than a squirrel hair paint brush.
Given the small scale, the tiny flower blossoms, the brilliant gold work and the subtle architectural details, it’s difficult to envisage the skill and control, required to design, develop and execute with such finesse.
Even more perplexing — the fact that this was painted well more than 150 years ago without assistance of modern day tools. The rich and colorful palette coupled together with irridescent golden hues is simply sublime.
Inscribed along the lower edge – ‘Verdadero R. de Nra. Sra. de Copacavana’