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
San Miguel Achiutla:
Christ carrying the Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Rosary
Sacred Heart of Jesus + Christ Child
St. John the Baptist
St. Michael (1)
St. Michael (2)
St. Michael (3)
St. Michael (4)
St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)
St. Rose of Lima
Unidentified Dominican saint
Virgin Mary Altar
Virgin Mary in White
Local Name: San Miguel
Basis for Identification: Identified
as San Miguel by Sr. Bartolo Raimundo
Bautista, from a committee that cares for the church.
Military boots, short tunic, wings.
Other characteristics: Curly hair
rather than a helmet.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Location: Altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Polychrome.
Next: An altar along the south wall of the nave with Our Lady of Sorrows and two other female santos
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
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.