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:

Christ
Christ at the Pillar
Christ Child
Christ Fallen with the Cross
Christ in a Coffin
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Hyacinth
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. John the Baptist
St. John the Evangelist

St. Mary Magdalene
St. Michael the Archangel
St. Paul
St. Peter of Verona
St. Peter the Apostle
Unidentified female saint
Unidentified saint
Virgin and Child

Other santos not photographed

Unidentified Saint

Unidentified saint:
The skin has a rubbery look, except at the toes, which have a rugged realism. The statue has moveable arms. The left sleeve has been pinned to the waist so as to prop up the arm and display the wound in the left palm.

The red cape, white robe, absence of tonsure, and stigmata sug-gest this could be a Christ, but there is no crown of thorns, nor any blood where the thorns would have been, and the long face has a long, full beard very like that of the San Pablo, also dressed in white and red, on the main altar to the right of this statue.

Basis for Identification: Stigmata, short-cropped hair, bare feet, white robe, red cape.

Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.

Location: Left of the retablo of the main altar (see note).

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, no lashes. Hair: carved.

Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)

Next: In the center of the main altar, a statue of St. Paul

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Introduction to San Pablo Huitzo

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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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