Happy Feast

The original face, prior to retouching.  Photo taken 1923.

But remember, Garry Wills is skeptical.


  1. Sousa. Isn’t he a philosopher, or is that Sosa? Had a bit of trouble following, but looked very interesting.

  2. And lovely picture. By the way, do you mind comments, or would you prefer your posts to be unadorned? Perhaps I should comment only if I have something worthwhile to say.

  3. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Retouching may obscure the grace.
    Or so I’d guess.

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Indeed. But the image hanging in the shrine today is in fact retouched. As a result, Our Lady appears older and heavier than she does here.

      • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

        That’s tampering with evidence, not to mention gilding the lily (or the rose). Better submit the tilma to another scientific analysis than to a restorer’s brush.

        Whatever, not my problem. Guadalupe’s pretty good, but it’s gotten too mainstream. Lately, I’ve been more into the cult of Our Lady of La Vang.

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