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 Etla:

Angel
Christ at the pillar
Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ fallen under the cross
Christ in the pretorium
Crucifix
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Luke
St. Paul
St. Peter the Apostle
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
Soledad group
Unidentified saint (1)
Unidentified saint (2)
Unidentified saint (3)
Virgin Mary

Other santos not photographed

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary:
This face is like those of Carmens throughout Oaxaca, though the left hand is not held in a way that could support a baby. In the lower frame of the front of the glass case are carved the words "San Pedro" ("St. Peter").

Basis for Identification: Blue cape, white veil and robe, lily in right hand.

Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.

Location: Third bay in the south wall of the nave (see note).

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, polyester garments. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig.

Size: Life size.

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Etla1 (in the Soledad group) Guelavia1, Guelavia2, Nochixtlán, Ocotlán, Teotitlán, Teotitlán2, Tilantongo1, Tilantongo2, Yanhuitlán1, Yanhuitlán2, Zimatlán.

External Link:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Virgin Mary in Mexico.

Next: In the same bay, a statue of an unidentified saint

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Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) Actual orientations may differ.

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