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 Santo Domingo
Group: Crucifix and St. John
Calvary Group: St. Mary
St. Mary Magdalene
This figure sits on the floor of the scene, just to the right of the crucifix, the right hand touching the toes of the figure on the cross. It has a very life-like face with a thoughtful expression. The lips are thin and the eyes slightly elongated, giving it a Japanese look. The middle finger and pinkie of the right hand show repair; the left hand is out of sight.
Local Name: La Santa Magdalena
Basis for Identification: Halo, long brown hair with no veil.
Other characteristics: White robe, orange cape.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Ocotlán.
Location: Calvary grouping at the south end of the chapel of El Señor de la Sacristía (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments, metal halo. Eyes: glass eyes. Hair: wig. Closed mouth.
Size: Life size.
the glass case, a relief of
God the Father
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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