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.
In San Pedro y San Pablo
St. Anthony of Padua
| Saint Anthony of Padua:
The figure has complete legs. The head is rather stylized and triangular, set on an elongated neck. The face has a five o'clock shadow but is not particularly realistic – the skin has a rubbery appearance. Veins show in the back of the right hand. The hands hang loosely at the sides. Artificial flowers have been pinned at the right wrist.
The doll-sized child is awkwardly tied to the left hand and seems about to fall. The child is disproportionately small, has glass eyes, and wears leather sandals. It also wears a full Franciscan habit over white undergarments.
Local Name: San Antonio de Padua
Basis for Identification: Franciscan habit with three-knot cord, tonsure, child in right hand.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: Niche in the first bay in the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with painted lashes.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
the narthex, a statue of
Christ in the Pretorium.
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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