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 Pablo Huitzo:
St. John the Evangelist
| Saint John the Evangelist:
The figure has a finely carved face, but the skin is a sickly green. The head is bald under the wig. The hands have been tied together; the right pinkie is missing and the other fingers have been damaged at the tips. The robe is white, the cape gold.
Local Name: San Juan Evangelista.
Basis for Identification: Hands together as in prayer, eyes upward, moustache, halo.
Other characteristics: White robe, gold cape.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: Right side of the altar in the first bay in the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Frame construction. Face and hands are wood, gesso, paint. Fabric garments. Hair: wig.
Size: Life size.
the same bay, a statue of
St. Isidore the Laborer
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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