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
The Virgin Mary
| The Virgin Mary:
Basis for Identification: Blue
robe and cape, but bareheaded. The picture to the right
could be meant to associate the statue with the
Immaculate Conception (typically portrayed
standing on the heads of angels with a
sunburst halo and a blue mantle as here).
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Location: Left end of an altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Comparable santos in Oaxaca (generic
Virgin Mary santos): Achiutla,
the Soledad group) Etla2, Guelavia1,
Ocotlán, Teotitlán, Teotitlán2, Tilantongo1,
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.