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:

Calvary group
Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ in a coffin

Christ resurrected
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Assumption (1)
Our Lady of the Assumption (2)
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Anthony of Padua
St. John the Baptist
St. Joseph (1)
St. Joseph (2)
St. Paul (1)
St. Paul (2)
St. Peter
Unidentified saint

Other santos not photographed

Resurrected Christ

Resurrected Christ
The sculpting of the hands is of indifferent quality. The right hand has been poorly repainted: a dribble of excess paint runs from the pinkie down onto the heel. Paint has flaked from the left pinkie to reveal the gesso. The face lacks sheen.

Basis for Identification: Raised right hand, vexillum with cross, stigmata.

Other characteristics: White robe.

Location: Shelf in the south wall of the nave between the apse and the second rib, right of the Soledad (see note).

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: painted.

Size: About 3½ feet (105 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle, CuilapanTeitipac, Teotitlán, TeposcolulaYanhuitlán, Zaachila.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Resurrection of Christ in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Wikipedia: Resurrection of Jesus
Christian Iconography: The Resurrection

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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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