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 Pedro y San Pablo
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
| Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
On the Virgin's breast is what appears to be a crowned coat of arms. The wig is blond. No right arm is visible in the sleeve. The child is propped unnaturally in the bent left arm and is disproportionately small. This Carmen is unusual in that the child carries the only scapular and has no crown. As is often the case, the Virgin has a delicate oval face and large, liquid eyes.
Local Name: La Virgen del Carmen.
Basis for Identification: Sunburst halo with stars, brown habit with bib, full crown, child holding scapular.
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: In a niche in the first bay of the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass. Hair: wig.
shall go out to the courtyard of the former convento for
a statue of an
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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