Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
A study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in Oaxaca, Mexico
By Claire and Richard Stracke
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Dominican Martyr, probably
St. Peter of Verona
| St. Peter of Verona?
This seems to be a very old polychrome that was completely repainted. It seems to have been carved all from one piece of wood – garments, pedestal, book, etc. The wood is splitting from the right shoulder toward the right breast. The carving of the palm is rougher than that of the rest of the statue and may have been added later.
Local Name: San Pedro Mártir
Basis for Identification: This is
probably St. Peter Martyr, given the
Dominican habit, the palm in the right hand, the
book in the left hand, and the head
wound. But there is no axe and no other wound.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Location: South wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Solid wood one piece with base, gesso, paint. Eyes: painted eyes; '.
Size: About 2½feet
Next: A statue of St. Joseph,
also along the south wall of the nave.
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.
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