Description 15x11 Watercolor;Capuchin Nuns (front) and Old Basilica Temple, Mexico City A peasant by the name of Juan Diego had a vision of the Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill. He told the archbishop of Mexico City about his encounter, and the archbishop asked him to go see her again and bring back proof. His next encounter with the Virgin resulted in the healing of his uncle. And per her instructions, he laid down his cloak in front of her. She arranged a variety of Castilian roses on his cloak and told him to bring the flowers to the archbishop. When he opened his cloak for the archbishop, the flowers fell to the floor, revealing an image of the Virgin, now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Basilica was built to house and display the image. It was finished in 1709 after one hundred and seventy-eight years of construction and the image was placed on the Alter. In 1921 an anticlerical terrorist, disguised as a pilgrim, left a vase of flowers near the alter just a few feet away from the image. There were 29 sticks of dynamite buried in its base. Records indicate that the explosion caused great damage to the interior of the basilica and shattered the windows of nearby homes. The church claims the image was not damaged, that a miracle protected it. Some accounts say that Jesus folded a brass cross around the image to protect it. The damages to the interior were repaired and the image remained on the Alter until it was moved to the new place in 1974.As much of Mexico City was built on a former lake, the land was unstable and the old basilica was sinking. A new, more spacious New Basilica was built next to it; the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is now housed in this New Basilica.Several million people visit here every year making it the most visited Catholic site in the world and the third-most visited sacred site in the world.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.