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
Crucifix
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

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows:
This statue is in good condition, but the skin of the face, hands, and feet has changed color to an unfortunate gray-green tinge, usually a sign that the paint is from the 16th century.

Basis for Identification: The prominent red heart is associated with Immaculate Heart of Mary figures, but the statue is otherwise in the tradition of Our Lady of Sorrows, with the upcast sorrowful gaze, the sunburst halo, and the mantle covering all of the head except the face.

Site: Church of San Lorenzo Zimatlán.

Media and construction: Eyes: glass. Sculpted teeth.

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Santa Ana del Valle, Coixtlahuaca, Cuilapan1, Cuilapan2, Ejutla, Mitla, Nochixtlán, Ocotlán, Díaz Ordaz, Tamazulapan, Teitipac, Teotitlán, Teposcolula (in Calvary group), Tlacolula, Xoxocotlán, Yanhuitlán (?).

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Mater dolorosa
Wikipedia: Our Lady of Sorrows
Christian Iconography: Mater Dolorosa, The Sorrowful Mother


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