Guadalupe has finished her final patina! This over life size replica of the original Our Lady of Guadalupe historical painting echoes the measurements of the original piece done in 1531. The vivid and saturated colors of Guadalupe are also a replica of her painting, and were created by the patina process.
To color a piece, a bronze sculpture is first heated to around 300 degrees. This allows the pores to bloom just enough for different acrylics and acids to seep into the top layer on the statue. This is where the color comes from! This is different than what you see on a car — which is added only to the surface of a metal — whereas a patina is added deep into the metal. This will add an everlasting color to the sculpture. Normally, overtime, these colors may blend together and fade, but the color will always be there. For Guadalupe, it was important to me to keep the vivid and original color of the painting, so we also added a lacquer over the colors. This will prevent the color from fading and changing overtime. This process was also added to Juan Diego’s flowers in her accompanying bronze statue.