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 Domingo Yanhuitlán:

Christ carrying the Cross
Christ Child
Christ Child (with Crucifix 1)
Christ seated in the pretorium ("Pensive Christ")
Crucifix 1
Crucifix 2
Main altar
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Sorrows
Palm Sunday Christ
St. Dominic 1
St. Dominic 2
St. Michael
St. Michael (with Crucifix 1)
St. Peter
St. Raphael (with Crucifix 1)
St. Sebastian
Soledad (?)
Trinity 1
Trinity 2
Unidentified Dominican nun

Unidentified Franciscan
Unidentified saint 1
Unidentified saint 2 (Christopher?)
Unidentified saint 3
Virgin Mary 1
Virgin Mary 2

Other santos not photographed

Tour of the Museum
Tour of the Ayuxi Chapel
St. Dominic

Saint Dominic:
The competently executed sheen of the face and hands suggests that this is an older piece, though the paint seems rather fresh.

Local Name: Santo Domingo.

Basis for Identification: Dominican habit, star in forehead.

Other characteristics: Holding a vexillum with a white banner. The symbol on the banner resembles the current symbol of the Dominican order, but is not quite the same.

Site: Church of Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.

Location: Lower center of the retablo of the main altar.

Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric habit. Eyes: glass.

Size: 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm.)

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Teotitlán (St. Peter?), Teposcolula (Our Lady of the Rosary case), Yanhuitlán (Church) 1Yanhuitlán (Museum).

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: Statues of St. Dominic in Mexico
Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Dominic
Wikipedia: Saint Dominic
Christian Iconography:
Saint Dominic

Next: Next to a chapel off the south wall of the nave (see note), a statue of the Virgin Mary

Previous santo

Introduction to the church at Yanhuitlán

Santos Home Page

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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