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Traditional ex-voto, depicting a Child cured of Smallpox (dated 15th of March, 1907)
oil on tin
12" x 10"
Collection of the artist, Whanganui
An ex-voto is a small devotional painting traditionally found in Italy, Spain and Mexico. A client would commission the village artisan to paint an ex-voto to a specific saint to give
thanks for saving them from a specific incident.
The ex-voto usually depicts the commissioner, a particular saint, symbols to represent the event and several lines of text under the imagery to supplement the symbolism.
Traditionally painted on tin, contemporary ex-votos are painted on other types of metal, such as aluminuim.
Commission your own ex-voto to document your life experiences: luck and misfortunes, gains and losses, loves, joys, and sorrows.
contact Matthew Couper here to discuss details
to see more examples of ex-votos by Matthew Couper, please visit the Ex-voto archive page here.
Matthew Couper
C/O- P. O. Box 298
Wanganui 4540
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Email: commission (at) mattcouper.com


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