Deo Gratias



An 11 x 16-inch giclee print reproduction of the original serigraph Deo Gratias by A.Vonn Hartung.

Deo Gratias” / “I Give Thanks“ was inspired by the history of Cristo Gate where in 1753 a miracle occurred on the feast of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The work is a tribute to the power of faith which saved the boy’s life. It is also a tribute to the horse, the gift brought to the New World by the Spaniards. Depicted here is the Andalusian Horse with its typical diagonal gait.Read More

  As was customary the local boys would assemble to race their horses. During the course of the day one boy, Baltazar Montañez, was unable to control his horse which plummeted over the cliff onto the rocks below. Upon witnessing this, Don Mateo Pratts (the Spanish Secretary of Government) was said to have risen and pleaded aloud, “Christ of Good Health, save him!” The horse died. The boy lived. Don Mateo vowed to build a chapel near the spot and dedicate it to the Savior. It stands to this day at the end of Cristo Street in Old San Juan.

Deo Gratias” se inspiró en la leyenda del Portón de Cristo, donde en 1753, en el día de San Juan Bautista, patrón de San Juan, Puerto Rico ocurrió un milagro. Los jóvenes del pueblo acostumbraron tener carreras de caballo. Un día el joven jinete Baltazar Montañez no pudo controlar su caballo y se precipitó por el despeñadero al extremo sur de la Calle Cristo. Se dice que un testigo, Don Mateo Pratts (el Secretario de Gobierno de España) al ver lo sucedido dijo: “¡Cristo de la Salud, sálvalo!” El caballo murió. El joven sobrevivió. Don Mateo prometió construir una capilla cerca del lugar del suceso y dedicarla al Salvador. Hoy en día la vemos al final de la Calle Cristo en el Viejo San Juan. La obra es un homenaje al poder de la fe, que salvó la vida del niño. Es también un tributo al caballo, el regalo que los españoles le dieron al Nuevo Mundo. Representado aquí es el caballo Andaluz con su típico paso diagonal.



Deo Gratias / I give Thanks

An 11 x 16-inch giclee print reproduction of the serigraph Deo Gratias by A.Vonn Hartung. It is printed with archival pigmented inks on museum quality gloss canvas. Under optimal lighting conditions the print will last 100+ years.

The print is available in two formats: Rolled and shipped in a tube or Stretched over a wooden frame and shipped in a box.

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SHIPPING FEES: Rolled in tube $14., Stretched in box $22.

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SALES TAX: On orders to Puerto Rico: 11.5% IVU

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Dimensions N/A
11 x 16 giclee print on canvas

"50. rolled, 70. stretched"

Giclee print format

Rolled canvas, Stretched canvas

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