Sell the Sight (Divina Moneta) 2014
mexican coins (pesos) on 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.
12.06 x 19.05 cm

María Magdalena de Villaurrutia was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on August 06, 1751. She married Francisco Manuel Cayetano Fagoaga Arosqueta, first Marquis of the Palace of the Marqués del Apartado which was initially built for the main minter of the Viceroyalty of New Spain is an industrial facility which manufactures coins that can be used in currency. Francisco Manuel Cayetano was in charge of minting and the collection of the king's share of precious metals mined in Mexico. María Magdalena de Villaurrutia died in Mexico D.f. Mexico on May 10, 1812.

Moneta, an epithet of Juno, was an ancient Roman goddess, protector and special counselor of the state and the protectress of funds. As such, money in ancient Rome was coined in her temple. The word "moneta" is where we get the words "money", or "monetize".