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
| Unidentified saint:
The figure is highly dramatic, with lively, windblown folds in the clothing and the right hand raised as though in preaching. The statue is made of solid wood, and the folds at the bottom front show a deep crack. Only two teeth are left in the mouth. The fingers of the right hand are badly decomposed. The paint is new, highlighted with gilt. Some paint is chipping, and gesso can be seen beneath. Paint is flaking from both hands.
Basis for Identification:
Site: Church of San Pedro y San Pablo Etla.
Location: In the courtyard of the former convento.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint. Eyes: glass. Individual teeth; 5'6".
Size: About 5 feet 6 inches (168
in the former convento, a statue of St. Peter of
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