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 Santa Ana del Valle:
Our informants told us there had been no restoration of the statue. There is a smear of red paint near the veil and on the left cheek. The halo is a solid circle set at about a 60º angle behind the head, of the same gold as the inside of the veil and the edging of the robe, incised with a star shape. The book is tied to the left hand.
Local Name: Santa Ana.
Basis for Identification: Halo, wimple, open book in left hand.
Site: Church of Santa Ana del Valle.
Location: Center of the retablo of the main altar.
Media and construction: Polychrome. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 5 feet (150 cm.)
Next: A high relief of St. Anne with
Mary and Jesus, on the right end of this same retablo