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 Lorenzo Zimatlán:

Christ carrying the Cross
Christ fallen with the Cross
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. John the Baptist
Virgin Mary

Other santos not photographed

Christ Carrying the Cross

Christ carrying the cross:
The face is somewhat different from the fallen Christ in the baptistery, although it has similarly dark skin: the eyebrows are flatter, the beard shorter and less detailed.

Basis for Identification: Cross, crown of thorns in basketweave pattern, red or purple robe.

Site: Church of San Lorenzo Zimatlán.

Location: In a niche set into the south wall (see note).

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig, no hair beneath the wig. Sculpted teeth.

Size: Figure about 5½ feet (165 cm.), cross about 2 feet (60 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Cuilapan, Tlaxiaco, Yanhuitlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Jesus Carrying the Cross
Catholic Encyclopedia: Way of the Cross
Wikipedia: Stations of the Cross

Next: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Previous santo

Introduction to San Lorenzo Zimatlán

Santos Home Page

Note: On this site, references to the cardinal directions in a church 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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