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    Votive on tin, 1885 Credit:Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones / INAH

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    Votive on tin, 1840 Credit:Museo Nacional de las Intervenciones / INAH

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    Votive on tin, 1862 Credit:Museo Nacional de Historia – INAH

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    Votive on tin, 1949 Credit:Santuario de San Francisco de Asis de la Diócesis de Matehuala / INAH

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    Votive on tin, 1943 Credit:Santuario de San Francisco de Asis de la Diócesis de Matehuala / INAH

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    Votive on tin, 2009 Credit:Santuario de San Francisco de Asis de la Diócesis de Matehuala / INAH

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    Votive on perforated tin, 1831 Credit:Museo Nacional de Historia – INAH

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    Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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    Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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    Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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    Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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    These are the images requested by WELLCOME TRUST PRESS OFFICE Delivery note number: 94666 This site will be accessible for the next 26 days. View delivery note Click here to download all images When you download all images you will generate a zip file. If you are using a PC, you will be guided through the unzipping process. If you are using a Mac, drag the images.tar file onto the Stuffit Expander icon to expand the folder. To download individual images or if you have ordered one image click the icon below the selected image. Your contact at Wellcome is Anna Smith ac.smith@wellcome.ac.uk Tel: ++44 (0) 20 7611 8716 C0072614 Miracles and Charms, Wellcome Collection Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072615 Miracles and Charms, Wellcome Collection Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072617 Miracles and Charms, Wellcome Collection Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072618 Miracles and Charms, Wellcome Collection Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072619 Miracles and Charms, Wellcome Collection Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072620 Miracles and Charms, Wellcome Collection Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072623 Felicity Powell Credit:Wellcome Library, London C0072625 Felicity Powell Credit:Wellcome Library, London L0069107 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069108 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069110 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069111 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069112 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069113 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069114 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069115 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069116 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069149 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069152 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069156 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069158 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069171 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069173 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069174 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069187 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069194 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069216 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069226 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. L0069248 Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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    Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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    Amulet from the Lovett Collection Credit:Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

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What's On: Miracles & Charms

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

The ever-great Wellcome Collection has just opened its doors to its newest exhibitions on the cynicism busting theme of the “magic of faith, hope and chance.” Be you religious or be you not, anyone who does not fall for the incredibly human, gracious stories of drama and deliverance in Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings, is obviously undead. Equally moving are the curious and potently personal amulets in the Felicity Powell curated Charmed Life: The solace of objects – the hopers “please” to the votives’ “thank you.”

In 1885, an unfortunate woman went mad. Her husband entrusted himself to the Holy Mary of Solitude of Santa Cruz of Mexico and she was instantly cured. He dedicates a painted votive in gratitude. A victim of ten gangsters also finds reason for thanks and commissions the talents of a local artist to immortalise his moment of reprieve. In these and countless other fascinating renditions of deliverance from disaster or death, the artist carefully paints to order the whole scene from beginning to simultaneous end in graphic detail. Which ever saint that has been implored to help is usually to be found floating omnipotently in the top corners – like a divine light-fitting or an uncanny super hero – they illuminate the scene and give focus to the prayers there after. Most of these ex votos have been lent by the churches of these people and their descendants, and are incredibly moving. Much better then any soap opera. One shows a man who denies that the child his young wife is carrying is his, divine help is called for, given, and the man embraces the child at birth – thanks Mary! Take that Eastenders.

In Charmed Life: The solace of objects, the artist Felicity Powell presents a series of cabinets full of vague taxonomies of “unsung and unseen” charms, collected by Edwardian amateur folklorist, Edward Lovett. “Hope and anxiety is nebulous” Powell said, “and probably doesn’t have a form” – these charms become tangible, external objects of those emotions that the carrier would keep incredibly close, and are therefore powerfully intimate. A rabbit tongue against poverty, peony seeds for incapacity, soldiers mascots, mothers talismans – unlike the Mexican miracle paintings, these are mostly secular and wildly superstitious. Wonderful stuff. The exhibitions will run until February 26, 2011.
www.wellcomecollection.org/miracles-charms

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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