a Mexican devotional painting, usually on tin, using words and imagery to describe a miraculous event credited to a holy figure. Ex-votos are displayed in churches and shrines to publically express gratitude for the miracle.
(Latin) A painting offered to the Virgin Mary or a saint, often in thanks for a favor granted (especially healing). Ex-votos may also be created to request such a favor, or to commemorate a pilgrimage. While wealthy people commissioned ex-votos, they were also a form of popular expression in Spanish America.
An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or divinity. It is given in fulfilment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made") or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks.