Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
A study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in Oaxaca, Mexico
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca:
Christ at the Pillar
Christ Child (1)
Christ Child (2)
Christ Fallen with the Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Rosary
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. Martin de Porres + 2 angels
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
Unidentified Dominican saint
Unidentified, possibly St. Lucy
Unidentified saint (1)
Unidentified saint (2)
Unidentified saint (3)
Virgin Mary (1)
Virgin Mary (2)
Virgin Mary (3 - in a coffin)
Santos not photographed
(probably St. Mary Magdalene)
Basis for Identification: Other santos in Oaxaca
represent St. Mary Magdalene with hair of a similar
color, a cloak of gold or yellow, and one hand either
holding a chalice or cupped as if holding a chalice that
is now lost. In Calvary representations the Magdalene is
often shown with an upturned gaze as here.
Local Name: La Santa Magdalena
Site: Church of San Juan Bautista
Location: In a glass case in the first bay of the south wall of the nave (see note).
Next: We go
to the south chapel for a statue of St.
Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr).
references to the cardinal directions always assume
that the main altar is at the east end of the church,
the narthex or entry area at the west end, and the two
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.