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 Mitla:
| St. Paul:
It would appear that the statue began as a blue and gold polychrome, was later repainted in blue, and then still later received its latest coat of green and gold paint. The painter of the gold and green neglected to paint the left shoulder, which because of the raised book cannot be seen from the pews. The shoulder has two shades of blue and an irregular patch of gold whose shininess suggests it to be polychrome leaf rather than paint.
Local Name: San Pablo.
Basis for Identification: Sword in right hand, book raised in left. Large red and gold vertical halo.
Other characteristics: Dark
hair in "Biblical" style. Green robe.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: In a glass case in the center of the retablo of the main altar.
Media and construction: Polychrome. The garments are carved from the wood.
Size: About 3 feet (90 cm.)
the right of this statue, one of Our Lady of the
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