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

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus:
The statue is designed to wear its red and white fabric garments: under them it is painted green without detail. In good condition.

Local Name: El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Basis for Identification: Heart pinned to chest, cruciform halo, white robe with red cape.

Site: Church of San Lorenzo Zimatlán.

Location: 3rd dais along the north wall of the nave (see note).

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with real lashes. Hair: real.

Size: About 7 feet (210 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla, Cuilapan, Huitzo, Tamazulapan, Teposcolula, Yanhuitlán.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Wikipedia: Sacred Heart

Next: In a side chapel, a statue of St. Isidore the Laborer

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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