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.
Our Lady of Sorrows
This appears to be of recent manufacture. The hands are even less detailed than is the norm for representations of the Virgin in Oaxaca.
Local Name: La Virgen de la Soledad.
Basis for Identification: Black gown, dark silvered mantle framing face and reaching from the top of the head nearly to the floor. Crown with cross on top. Long, pale face – but looking down, unlike most Soledad statues.
Site: Basilica of Santiago Cuilapan.
Location: Along the south wall of the nave, in a glass case (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric clothing. Hair: carved hair. Eyes: painted.
Size: About 5½
feet (165 cm.)
along the south wall, a statue of the Virgin
Mary (Immaculate Heart of Mary)
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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