Two Hail Holy Queen’s, one Our Father and the grace of your hands

Domestic scene within the walls of the cloister.


Two Hail Holy Queen’s, one Our Father and the grace of your hands, 2013.

Oil on wood

155 x 231 cm




Testament of life consecrated to spirituality in the cloister convents, gems of our historical-artistic heritage, in serious danger of extinction due to lack of religious vocation.



Two nuns, two brides of Christ, work on domestic tasks in the intimacy of the convent. Within the walls of the cloisters, the scent of light and clarity, taste of God. An image of silent prayer that, like the steam from the soup of the poor, rises to the centre of the Kingdom of Heaven.


“Two Hail Marys, an Our Father and the grace of your hands”, chorus of the popular folk song from my city of Seville, the eternal and mysterious Seville, marian par excellence, whose foundations were steeped in History through the centuries, in distilled essences and shivering silences, in old songs whispered by the springs, flowing eternally in the river.


Our convents are extremely rich and significant jewels of our heritage, testimonies of faith, guardians of a consecrated life that renounces earthly pleasures to devote itself to the development of virtue, to the field of purely spiritual knowledge, a path riddled with sacrifice, with generous devotion and commitment.


The observance of the strict rules of monastic life that prevent access to the monastery to anyone outside of those circumstances adds extra worth to this image that, unexpectedly and by chance, I was able to gaze upon.


Above the old medieval monastery of the Knights of the Order of Santiago of the Sword, in the parish of San Vicente of the old district of San Lorenzo, rises the convent of the Mercedarian Reverend Mothers of the Assumption.


God and my good fortune made the current Mother Superior entrust me with a mission, different and foreign to the work that occupies us now.

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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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