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
Our Lady of Guadalupe
| Our Lady of Guadalupe:
The angel at the bottom supports the blue cape on which the figure stands. The angel's left hand has lost its fingers. The Virgin's skin has a wonderful sheen; the hands are finely detailed. The moon has the look of real silver.
Local Name: La Virgen de Guadalupe
Basis for Identification: Full crown, crescent moon and angel, rays of light outlining entire figure.
Site: Church of the Assumption, Tlaxiaco.
Location: In a glass case in the center of the retablo of the first altar along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass, no lashes. Hair: wig. Polychrome angel.
Size: About 5 feet (n cm.)
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Yanhuitlán.statue of an unidentified priest
Introduction to Tlaxiaco
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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