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 Juan Teitipac:
carrying the Cross
Saint Isidore the Laborer
Saint Isidore the
The saint is shown driving a team of four muzzled oxen, which are disproportionately small. A red ox stands beside the team, and an 18 inch (45 cm.) angel stands behind the figure and to its left. The figure wears a flat-topped hat with a rolled brim, a tunic reaching to mid-thigh, trousers, and boots. The cape is blue. Bare wood shows through at the lower right breast, where the gesso has chipped away.
Local Name: San Isidro Labrador
Basis for Identification: Hat, team of oxen, angel, water gourd, basket, goad.
Other characteristics: Blue cape with gold fringe.
Site: Church of San
Location: Under a canopy in the narthex (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric cape. Eyes: painted eyes; 3'3".
Size: About 3 feet 3 inches (99 cm.)
santos of the north wall of the nave, starting with a statue of St. Simon
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
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.
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