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. Peter of Verona (Peter
| Saint Peter of Verona:
The axe has an unusual shape, as if it were something used as a tool in planting. The wood is hollow. The garments have been repainted many times. The neck is full rather than elongated; the face is full and unusually individualized; it has a five o'clock shadow. It has been nicked in places and the gesso shows through. It is conceivable that the garments could be stiffened cloth, because they fall in a natural way, but there is not a clear delineation between the ends of the sleeves and the beginnings of the hands.
Local Name: San Pedro Mártir.
Basis for Identification: Dominican habit and tonsure, axe in head, palm branch in right hand, book held against chest by left hand.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: In a niche on the left as one enters the narthex from outside (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Sculpted hair. Real palm branch.
Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)
the right of the entrance, a statue of a Dominican
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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