The Ramírez Madonna

The Madonna drawing by Martín Ramírez, considered one of the best “outsider” artists of the 20th century, is part of the Prints and Photographs Collection at the Library of Congress. Completed in the early 1950s, the drawing was found in 2009 by Library staff when they were processing additions to the Library's Charles and Ray Eames Collection. Ramírez created his art work while hospitalized for schizophrenia at Stockton State Hospital in California. The drawing underwent months of extensive preservation work by Library staff.