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
The Virgin Mary in a white dress
Basis for Identification: Only the
pairing with St. Joseph.
Other characteristics: White
and sun-hat, gold cincture.
Site: Church of San Miguel Achiutla.
Location: In a glass case in the center of the retablo of an altar along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: painted. Hair: the figure is bald under the wig.
Size: Less than life size.
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.
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