Divina Moneta

In ancient Rome, Moneta, an appellation for Juno, served as a sacred deity, safeguarding and providing counsel to the state, as well as a guardian of funds. Consequently, Roman currency was minted in her temple. The term "Moneta" gave rise to contemporary words like "money" and "monetize."

María Magdalena de Villaurrutia was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 06, 1751, and subsequently wedded Francisco Manuel Cayetano Fagoaga Arosqueta, the inaugural Marquis of the Palace of the Marqués del Apartado, an industrial complex created for the chief minter of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Francisco Manuel Cayetano supervised the minting and collection of the monarch's proportion of precious metals extracted in Mexico. María Magdalena de Villaurrutia passed away in Mexico D.F., Mexico, on May 10, 1812.


Year: 2014
Medium: Mexican coins on a found image of a detail of an anonymous portrait of María Magdalena de Villaurrutia Salcedo Ortiz de la Torre y López-Osorio Terrazas de Fagoaga, ca.1770, mounted on board
Dimensions: 12.06 x 19.05 cm