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 Santiago Tilantongo:
| Virgin Mary:
The gesso is so thin that one can see the grain of the wood in the face. Yet the skin has a natural look, and the cheeks have a blush.
Basis for Identification: White dress and veil, blue mantle.
Site: Church of Santiago Tilantongo.
Location: First bay of the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, with lashes. Hair: wig over bald head. Closed mouth.
Size: About 3½
feet (105 cm.)
Introduction to Tilantongo
Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) Actual orientations may differ.
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