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 Ejutla:
St. John the Evangelist
| Saint John the Evangelist:
The wig is new. The saint wears a yellow robe with a blue mantle. Beneath the cloth garments is a complete mannequin; the bare feet are exposed. The paint is in good condition.
Local Name: San Juan Evangelista.
Basis for Identification: Young
face, long hair, mustache, palms up and eyes raised as
if in prayer at the Cross.
Other characteristics: Five-o'clock shadow, yellow robe, blue cape.
Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.
Location: North wall of the nave, on the altar of the Soledad, left of that figure (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, polyester garments. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: long, full wig.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
the same altar, to the right of the Soledad figure, a
statue of St. 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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