Crowned Nun Portrait of Sor María de Guadalupe

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“We’re standing in the former Palace of Augustine de Iturbide and we’re looking at a crowned nun portrait. And this is a full-length. life-sized portrait. She’s frontal, she’s a beautiful young woman, elaborately dressed. This particular nun Maria Guadalupe is from a conceptionist convent in the city of Puebla. The Conceptionist order was the earliest one founded for women here in New Spain and it was reserved for the wealthiest elite, pure-blooded Spanish women…”