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 the church of Santo
carrying the Cross
Tour of the Ayuxi Chapel
| Saint Dominic:
The competently executed sheen of the face and hands suggests that this is an older piece, though the paint seems rather fresh.
Local Name: Santo Domingo.
Basis for Identification: Dominican habit, star in forehead.
Other characteristics: Holding a
vexillum with a white banner. The symbol on the banner
resembles the current symbol of the Dominican order, but
is not quite the same.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Location: Lower center of the retablo of the main altar.
Media and construction: Wood,
gesso, paint, fabric habit.
Size: 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm.)see note), a statue of the Virgin Mary
Introduction to the church at Yanhuitlán
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.The photo shown here is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. You are free to share or remix it on two conditions: first, that you attribute it to the photographers, Claire and Richard Stracke, without implying any approval of your work on their part; second, that if you alter, transform, or build upon this photo, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.