El Verdadero Retrato del Siervo de Dios – An Early Example of the Pata de Gallo Huarache

Canonized in 2002, Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin is the first Indigenous American Saint.

Cuauhtlatoatzin means “the eagle that talks” in  náhuatl.

On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531 Juan Diego witnessed the apparition of on Tepayac Hill of the Lady of Guadalupe, who is today considered the patron Saint of the Americas. In a time of social struggle between Indigenous Mexicans and Spanish the news of the apparition spread quickly through Mexico; and in the seven years that followed 8 million people were converted to the Catholic faith.

This oil painting of Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin was painted by Miguel Cabrera sometime before 1768 and also includes possibly the earliest depiction of the ‘Pata de Gallo’ Huarache.


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