Perú, 17th century
Saints Teresa of Ávila (Teresa de Jesús) and Gertrude the Great
Oil on canvas, in an antique frame
Canvas 25 ½ x 31 ½ inches; framed size 32 x 39 inches
Inscribed top margin S.T. DE JESUS …….S. GERTRUDIS
Left margin: I.M.E.E…….M.I.L.S.
Right margin: I.V.M.I.S.A……….I.C.I.T.
St. Teresa’s speech ribbon ‘Misericordias Domini in Aeternum Cantabo’ (I’ll sing of the Lord’s mercy forever)
Saints Teresa of Ávila (Teresa de Jesús) and Gertrude the Great (Gertrude of Helfta, Gertrudes Magna), one Spanish and one German, were both venerated in the New World for their unwavering faith
 In compliance with a petition from the King of Spain she was declared Patroness of the West Indies; in Peru her feast is celebrated with great pomp, and in New Mexico a town was built in her honor and bears her name.