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Retablos, Spanish Folk Art

Updated on March 17, 2012

Painted Images of Patron Saints & Angels

In the 18th& 19th centuries, folk artists made small scale retablo paintings of patron saints for their homes. Using color schemes they developed or on canvases shipped Northern New Spain. They lacked gilding like the Spainish Colonial Art or their Mexican or Puruvian Folk Art ancestors so other colors were used as substitutes in the folk saints. Santos were carved on wooden panels or carved into figures, called bultos, covered gesso and painted in pigments. The patron saints were chosen according to each person's personal devotions. The painting or 3-D rendition of the santo was a symbol of the invisible power to whom an person's prayers were addressed. The holy image was not might to be an idol. This was a misunderstanding assumed by Protestant visitors to New Mexico over a hundred years. ago. The folk artist included symbols that to his patron could be identified the particular image. The face received the most detailed carving and painting in every bulto or retablo and was always the center of focus. Because of the care they took withthe faces, especially the eyes, many santos seem to look deep beyond into a mystic vision which can not be seen by earthly humans.

St Cecilia Retablo
St Cecilia Retablo

St Cecilia Retablo

Patroness of composers and musicians.

Also said to be inventor of organ.

Size: 7 1/2" x 8 3/4".

$30 ea +$7.95 S/H

Web Page to St Cecilia Retablo

Soul of Mary Retablo
Soul of Mary Retablo

Soul of Mary Retablo

From the New Mexico

El Favor Collection

"The Soul of Mary"

Feast Day March 25th

Frame has detailed carving

spirals, rhinestones.

Approx. Size 71/4" x 9 3/8"

$30 ea +$7.95 S/H

Soul of Mary Retablo Web Page

Angel Uriel
Angel Uriel

The Angel Uriel Retablo

Angel Uriel "Fire of God"

"Angel of Repentance"

Patron of judges, lawmakers,

peacemakers, prophets,

visionaries, seekers of truth.

Approx. Size 7 1/8" x 9 1/4"

$30 ea +$7.95 S/H

Angel Uriel Retablo Link

3 arch angels
3 arch angels

ArchAngels Retablo

Three Arch Angels Retablo

Rafael, Michael and Gabriel

Sculpted frame, carving,

rhinestone detailed.

Approx. Size 7 1/4" x 9 1/4"

$30 ea +$7.95 S/H

Three Archangels Retablo

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    • AceofHearts profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful Work. Great Lens. Many Blessings!

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      7 years ago

      I really really like your angel retablos. I am very impressed. Thanks you for putting your delightful work on display.

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      7 years ago

      You paint very well. I love your work.


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