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 Santo Domingo Ocotlán:

Calvary Group: Crucifix and St. John
Calvary Group: Our Lady of Sorrows
Calvary Group: St. Mary Magdalene
Calvary Group: God the Father
Palm Sunday Christ
Saint in fire
St. Joseph
St. Michael
St. Sebastian
Two Dominican saints
Unidentified Franciscan saint
Virgin Mary

Other santos not photographed

Two Dominican Saints

St. Peter of Verona

Local Name: San Pedro Mártir

Basis for Identification: Halo, axe in head, Dominican habit.

Site: Church of Santo Domingo Ocotlán.

Location: Right end of the main altar.

Media and construction: Frame and fabric. Face and hands are wood/gesso/paint. Silver halo.

Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle, Coixtlahuaca, Cuilapan, Etla, Huitzo, Diaz Ordaz, Teitipac, Tlacolula, Yanhuitlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of St. Peter of Verona in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Peter of Verona
Wikipedia: Peter of Verona
Christian Iconography: St. Peter Martyr


Unidentified saint

Location: Second from the right of the five santos on the main altar.

Media and construction: Frame and fabric. Face and hands wood/gesso/paint. Silver halo.

Size:
About 5 feet (150 cm.)


Next: Along the south wall of the nave, a statue of a Franciscan saint

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Introduction to Santo Domingo Ocotlán

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