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:

Christ: Ecce Homo
Crucifix (1)
Crucifix (2)
Crucifix (3)
Crucifixion Group
Holy Family
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Anne (1)
St. Anne (2)
St. Anne (3)
St. Joseph

Other santos not photographed

St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)

Saint Peter Martyr (Peter of Verona):
The figure has been painted to resemble polychrome. There is a feathery tracery in the white of the robe and a gold edging on the black mantle.

Local Name: San Pedro Mártir.

Basis for Identification: Dominican habit, axe in head, open book in left hand.

Site: Church of Santa Ana del Valle.

Location: Left end of the retablo of the main altar.

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint.

Size: About 18 inches (45 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: AchiutlaCoixtlahuaca, Cuilapan, Etla, Huitzo, Diaz Ordaz, Teitipac, Tlacolula, Yanhuitlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of St. Peter in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles
Wikipedia: Saint Peter
Christian Iconography: Saint Peter the Apostle

Next: In the center of the retablo of this altar, a statue of St. Anne

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Introduction to Santa Ana del Valle

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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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