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 María de la Natividad, Tamazulapan:

Altar
Angel
Christ in a Coffin
Christ in the Pretorium ("Pensive Christ")

Christ: Ecce Homo
Crucifix (1)
Crucifix (2)
The Immaculate Conception
Our Lady of Sorrows
Palm Sunday Christ
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. John the Baptist (Child)
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Michael the Archangel
St. Peter the Apostle

St. Teresa of Avila
Trinity

Unidentified Saint

Other santos not photographed

St. Isidore the Laborer

St. Isidore the Laborer

Local Name: San Isidro Labrador.

Basis for Identification: Oxen, plows, trousers and boots, staff, corn cobs and wheat sheaf.

Other characteristics: Red velvet surcoat with gold edging, matching the trousers.

Site: Church of Santa María de la Natividad, Tamazulapan.

Location: On the right of the retablo in the second bay of the north wall of the nave (see note).

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Coixtlahuaca, HuitzoTeitipac, Teposcolula, Zimatlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Saint Isidore the Laborer in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Isidore the Labourer
Wikipedia: Isidore the Laborer
Christian Iconography: Saint Isidore the Laborer

Next: Moving ahead to the third bay, we find an altar of the Immaculate Conception.

Previous santo

Introduction to Santa María de la Natividad

Santos Home Page

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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