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 Pablo Huitzo:
St. Peter the Apostle
| Saint Peter the Apostle:
The face has a flush natural to an old man and a corresponding frailty in the delicate skull and the stretched neck muscles. The halo has a sun-burst shape but has been set almost flat atop the back of the head. Most sunburst halos are vertical and placed behind the head. The first joint of the right index finger is broken off. The right palm seems to have been re-done and has a rubbery look, but otherwise the extremities have an eloquent realism. Veins shine through the skin of the back of the left hand, nails are realistically detailed, toes have a craggy look. The awkward arrangement of the robe and right sleeve suggest the possibility of movable arms.
Local Name: San Pedro
Basis for Identification: Key, bald head, halo.
Other characteristics: Gray hair, bare feet, yellow robe, white cape.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: Right of
the main altar.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric clothing, metal halo, styrofoam key. Eyes: glass, no lashes. Hair: sculpted.
Size: About 4 feet (120 cm.)
Next: On an
altar along the south wall, a statue of an
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