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
St. Peter of Verona (Peter
| Saint Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr):
Sr. Jescas says there is no wood beneath the coarse linen and that the painted head, forearms (with hands), and feet are separate. These are of good quality and well preserved. The half-closed fingers of the raised right hand could once have held a palm. Blood flows from the wounds in the head and chest.
Local Name: San Pedro Mártir.
Basis for Identification: Beard, tonsure, Dominican habit, an axe in the head and a knife in the chest.
Site: Church of the Assumption, Tlacolula.
Location: On a shelf along the north wall of the east transept of the Calvary chapel (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, gessoed cloth, paint.
Size: About 4 feet
10 inches (147 cm.)
Also in the east transept, a statue of Our Lady of the Assumption
Introduction to Tlacolula
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.) In the case of the Chapel of the Lord of Tlacolula, which is at right angles to the south wall of the church, the altar is thus at the south end and the transept (the two wings that give the building the shape of a cross) comprises an east and west section. Actual orientations may differ.
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