Contrary to other religions, and ever since antiquity, depictions of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the Bible’s saints and sinners have been a consistent visual iconography within the Catholic Church. The images are familiar. Christ droops, resigned, as he hangs nailed to the cross. The Virgin Mary, draped in robes, has a halo ringing her soft features. The traitor Judas, lingering to the side, observes all with a sinister look. But are these depictions the same in different societies? Pulling from its Latin American collection, the Dallas Museum of Art examines religious relics from Mexico and New Mexico. The similarities and differences are emblematic of changing narratives, but also of differing artistic traditions in the two regions. —E.C.
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