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 the church of Santo
carrying the Cross
Tour of the Ayuxi Chapel
St. Peter the Apostle
| St. Peter the Apostle:
The graying hair, balding, ascetic look and triple cross are common emblems of St. Peter, but the figure does not carry keys. The fingers of the left hand are broken, revealing the layers of gesso and paint. Two of the teeth have been broken away. The face and hands have poor color, repainted long ago in an unrealistic pink that is now flaking off the hands. The hands are painted to about two inches past the wrist. The rest of the arms are painted in an indifferent color.
Local Name: San Pedro
Basis for Identification: Balding head. Triple cross (not visible in the photo).
Other characteristics: Gray hair and beard, a violet cape over a white robe.
Site: Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.
Location: Right end of the second of the four retablos along the north wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass. Sculpted teeth.an unidentified santo.
Introduction to the church at Yanhuitlán
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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