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Fall from a Balcony
Caída de un balcón


Artist/maker unknown, Mexican

Made in Mexico, North and Central America

c. 1803

Oil on canvas

33 3/4 × 24 1/2 inches (85.7 × 62.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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This painting is an ex-voto, a devotional image produced in gratitude to a saint or divinity for intervention in a dangerous situation. This type of picture dates back to the fourteenth century in Spain and Portugal and was brought to the Americas with Spanish settlers. Fall from a Balcony records a miracle that would be clear even without the carefully inscribed caption, which tells how, on February 22, 1803, Barbara Rico fell and dropped the young child in her arms several feet to the stone floor below. But through the intercession of the Virgin, the child landed completely unharmed.