Jean-Bernard Lalanne (French, born 1952)
Oil on canvas, 28 ¾” x 35 ½”
The Andalusian pilgrimage of El Rocío, or the Romería del Rocío, takes place annually to honor the Virgin of El Rocío, the patron saint of Almonte, a town in Huelva, Andalusia. While the celebration itself begins the Sunday before Pentecost, pilgrims typically travel one to seven days beforehand, often on horseback or in horse-drawn wagons. Many consider the travel to be the most important part of the pilgrimage. They wear traditional Andalusian dress — Flamenco dresses for women and traditional riding costumes for men. ere are several routes taken by the pilgrims: the Seville way (through the Andalusian capital), the Sanlúcar way through Cádiz, the plains way from the countryside, and the Mogul way from Huelva. Each route is taken by different religious confraternities that carry their own emblems of the Virgin of El Rocío with them along the way. In recent years El Rocío has brought together roughly a million visitors.