Our Lady of Guadalupe Fontanini 6.5’ Scale Figurine is a gift-boxed, 6.5” scale Fontanini Heirloom figurine made of polymer and hand-painted in Italy with non-toxic paints.
Our Lady of Guadalupe. Nearly a decade after Spain's conquest of Mexico, the future of Christianity on the American continent was very much in doubt. Confronted with a hostile colonial government and Native Americans wary of conversion, the newly-appointed bishop-elect of Mexico wrote to tell the King of Spain that, unless there was a miracle, the continent would be lost. Between December 9 and December 12, 1531, that miracle happened, and it forever changed the future of the continent.
It was then that the Virgin Mary famously appeared to a Native American Christian convert on a hilltop outside of what is now Mexico City. The image she left imprinted on his cloak or tilma has puzzled scientists for centuries, and yet Our Lady of Gudalupe's place in history is profound. A continent that just months before the apparitions seemed completely lost to Christianity suddenly and inexplicably embraced it by the millions. Our Lady of Guadalupe's message of love replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture, and built a bridge between two worlds -- the old and the new -- that were just ten years earlier engaged in brutal warfare.
Today, Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to inspire the devotion of millions. From Canada to Argentina, and even beyond the Americas, one finds great devotion to her, and great appreciation for her message of love, unity and hope. Today reproductions of the Virgin's miraculous image can be seen throughout North and South America, in churches and homes, on billboards and even clothing apparel. Her shrine in Mexico City, where the miraculous image is housed to this day, is one of the most visited in the world.
The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to be an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a model of the Church and Juan Diego is a model for all Christians who seek to answer Christ's call of conversion and witness.
The House of Fontanini has been creating old world sculptures in the village of Bagni di Lucca, Italy, for more than 115 years. The life-like, heirloom quality Fontanini Religious Figures are made in three sizes and the Nativities figurines are produced in seven different sizes.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Fontanini 6.5’ Scale Figurine 52024