December 19 Art Encounters
Religion & Art
10:30–11:30 am
Third Thursday Art Encounters
offers docent-guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.

Unknown Bolivian Artist
The Virgin of the Rosary (Virgen del Rosario), late 18th century
oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Lowell, May 17, 1965

A distinctively New World type of Marian image is referred to as "dressed-statue" paintings. These are two-dimensional representations of popular religious statues with cloth garments that give the sculpted figure a triangular and often massive and rigid appearance. The custom of dressing statues can be traced to Spanish traditions that were imported to the colonies. Confradias (religious fraternities) often assumed responsibility for the maintenance of the garments, jewelry, and regalia - all donated to enhance a revered statue's image - and several such organizations continue this tradition today. Frequently, "dressed-statue" paintings themselves were similarly adorned with real jewelry attached to the canvas.

Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health & Wellness Club, Art Encounters is free to all. Reservations are not required.  For program details please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or

Check back soon for next month's installment of Art Encounters!