Our exhibition ‘Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings‘ has just closed, but we have a few more contemporary votive illustrations to share with you, based on stories submitted by visitors to Wellcome Collection and to our website. Just as Mexican ex-voto paintings were made by painters to tell stories of thanks, these contemporary stories of gratitude involve an exchange between storyteller and illustrator.
Alice Thompson’s latest illustration is for this story:
When I was about five years old I lost a ring; I think it was gold – but anyway, it was very special to me. I was crying and on my way home when an old lady asked me what was wrong. I told her I had lost my ring and she told me to pray to Saint Antony, who is the patron saint of lost things. I prayed with her, and when we looked for my ring again I found it. I tell everyone I know if they lose things to pray to Saint Antony and it usually works. (I would like to add here that I am an atheist.)
Kim Tanner, Worcester. Fifty years ago. Probably for Saint Antony.