The story of a Mexican man who has become a legend in the country’s Latino community is rooted in the discovery of a face that has remained hidden for decades.
In 1846, a Spanish conquistador, Francisco Velasco, landed in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
After fleeing from his homeland in Mexico, Velasca joined the Yucatán army and served in its navy for a few years.
There, Velasesco met a young, white woman named Maria, who was one of his closest companions.
In fact, Velásco told Velascews, Maria was one half of the pair he met on his mission to Yucatec.
Velascas story has endured for more than 200 years.
But his wife, Maria, died before they could complete their marriage.
In the years that followed, the couple settled in Mexico City, where Velascones wife died in 1693.
Maria then moved to Buenos Aires, where she continued her work with the Spanish government.
When Velascias wife died, Maria returned to Mexico, where they remained for a short time.
During the next few years, they lived in various cities, and eventually settled in the town of San Miguel de las Casas, which is named for Velas.
In order to bring the face to life, Velcas brought Maria’s mother, Ana, to work on the portrait.
“The face was so beautiful,” Velascas son, Miguel, told National Geographic.
“We were able to make the face by cutting out a lot of layers and then putting it in the jar.”
The woman in the face had a long, flowing, curly hair and wore a gold-colored dress, and her face was covered with gold, silver, and blue eyes.
Her skin was also covered with a thick layer of paint that gave the image the appearance of a large gold-painted face.
The face of the woman was carved with a large diamond-shaped mark that Velascos wife used to mark her territory in the Yuccatan Peninsula, and it is the only known portrait of her that is preserved.
In a museum in Buenos Aires called the National Museum of Anthropology and History, the museum also has a large collection of Velasquez’s paintings, and in this case, it was an oil-on-canvas, oil-covered painting, titled “Aunt Maria Velas.”
“I knew it was important, because of her importance, because she’s the only woman that I have seen,” Miguel Velascus told National.
“She’s very special to me, and I am very proud to have this picture in my collection.”
Miguel Velásquez’s painting, “Auíz muy bien, la línea de la muerte” (Beautiful, a woman, the face, I wish for you, a beautiful face), is one of the rarer examples of a religious art work from Mexico, according to the Smithsonian Institution.
The museum is currently digitizing the painting, and is hoping to turn it into a permanent exhibit.
“I’m very proud that we’ve preserved this image,” Miguel said.
“This painting is an important part of our history.”
In order for Miguel to preserve the image, Velazquez had to make several repairs to the face.
He had to use an old iron hand drill to carve out the face and fill in the space between the eyes.
The artist also had to remove the skin around the eyes, which was also made from metal, and use a copper wire to create the face with.
Miguel Velazcares face was not the only important one.
A bronze painting that Velásca did for the Spanish military during the Spanish-American War, which ended in the Spanish Civil War, is among the most famous.
It is one the most controversial, because it depicts a woman with the face painted on her head in the process of executing a Spanish officer in a Spanish-held area of the city of Guadalajara.
“That’s not an image that we have in our museum,” Miguel explained.
“But it’s one that you can see in museums around the world, and we hope to see that painting again.”
In a recent interview, Velvasca told the Smithsonian that his work is not about making money, but rather about preserving his family’s memory.
“It’s about a piece of the history of my family,” he said.