Sor Maria De Jesus
Today, we visited Mystic Garden, a new exhibition about the life and work of Sister Maria De Jesus, a local nun which is in the process of becoming a saint after a life full of miracles, including the fact that her incorrupt body was discovered during an exhumation in 1734. She spent her life at the Saint Catherine Of Sienna monastery, which is just two blocks away from my parents’ home, so to say that she is like family to me (and to my family) is an understatement.
I was extremely excited about this exhibition, that will be permanently homed in the monastery where she lived, now a beautiful art museum. The monastery was a cloister with no visitors allowed for five hundred years – to think that as it opened its doors this very morning, we were among the first people to walk through it since its foundation was the most exciting thing I have experience in a long while.
I took many lovely pictures for all of you – enjoy the eye candy!
Gorgeous statue of Saint Rose Of Lima, patroness of Peru, and one of my most loved Saints.
Lovely Holy Child, which was part of the personal belongings of Sor Maria.
Exquisite handcarved bust of Saint Dominic Of Guzman, founder of the order to which Sor Maria belonged.
Saint Florentine Of Cartagena, sister of Saint Isidore, Saint Leander and Saint Fulgentius.
Astounding wood divider with handpainted panels.
Holy Child Of The Thorn. This painting suggests that Jesus had premonitions about his destiny.
Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary. Sadly, the lights of the room did not help, and the picture does not reflect how gorgeous the colours were.
Beautiful and tiny painting of Mary Magdalene, also part of Sor Maria’s personal collection.
Archangel Saint Michael
One of the oldest paintings of Our Lady Of Candelaria, and the total highlight of the exhibition for me, as I thought I’d never be able to see it in person. The lights of the exhibition were terrible, and again, did not allow for a good picture without flares.
One of the jobs of the nuns were creating silk flowers for devotional use. In the picture, the tools used to brand silk.
These flower crowns belonged to Sor Maria. The pillow was used as a head rest after the exhumation where her incorrupt body was discovered.
Fabulous retablo in Sor Maria’s room, with a small statue of Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary, and two glass domes with more handmade silk flowers. The room’s ceiling was really low, so this picture was a real challenge.
The Cloister’s Garden