Nuestra Señora de Soledad
The statue of Our Lady of Solitude, the patroness of Oaxaca in Mexico.
According to legend the statue was miraculously brought to Oaxaca in the 16th century by a mule that had joined a mule train bound for Guatemala. Once it arrived in Oaxaca the mule disappeared, leaving its pack behind. The statue of the Sorrowful Mother which was inside the pack has been venerated in the city ever since.
A detail of a Mexican broadside entitled Triste y Dolorosa Noticia Espantoso Acontecimiento de la Profanación de la Sagrada Imagen de Maria Santisima de Guadalupe y sus reliquias (Sad and Painful News of the Sacrilege committed against the Sacred Image of Most Holy Mary of Guadalupe and her relics). The etching is by the artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
The print was published by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in Mexico City in 1920 and describes the story of Lucas Cordero. One day he visited the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and brought his wife Maria Ignacia Banderas a small effigy of the Virgin. Maria had however asked her husband to buy her a dress, and when she saw the image she was so enraged that she threw it into the burning fire. She was instantly punished for her act of sacrilege, as she died on the spot.