Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Virgin of the Navigators

The Virgin of the Navigators by Alejo Fernandez

The Virgin of the Navigators is an altarpiece at Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain that was painted by Alejo Fernandez in 1535.  It shows the Blessed Virgin sheltering a group of people connected with the Spanish voyages to the New World including Christopher Columbus, a group of American natives and some of galleons that made the voyage.  It is believed to be the first European depiction of indigenous people in the Americas.  Spanish sailors prayed in front of this image for a good wind to assist them in their voyages.  For that reason it is sometimes called Our Lady of the Good Wind.