Madonna and Child Painted Tablet

In 2004, I was driving with my family through the Toro Negro State Forest in the mountains of Puerto Rico when I saw a man and a child standing at a curve of the winding road. Slowing the car down as we passed, I could see that he was selling original art work. I stopped and chatted with him—I’ve since forgotten his name—as I looked at the pieces he was displaying. I don’t remember the themes of the other displayed art work, but this Madonna and Child caught my eye. The outlining of the two figures’ clothes and features on the painted tablet was done by hammering a series of holes into the wood. The artist told me his modest price, and I bought the work, continuing on our family vacation. I have always imagined returning the Toro Negro forest to find the artist to attach his name to his work.

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