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:
Our Lady of Sorrows
| Our Lady of Sorrows:
The paint seems new. The statue is unusual; most Soledades have full crowns and highly decorated garments. This one is dressed in simple black velvet.
Local Name: La Virgen de la Soledad.
Basis for Identification: Black mantle reaching from top of head almost to the floor. Black robe, white wimple framing face, hands together holding lily, sunburst diadem.
Site: Church of San Pablo Huitzo.
Location: Center of the altar in the first bay in the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments.
Size: Life size.
the right side of the same altar, a statue of St. John the
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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