In previous posts we looked at some outstanding late colonial buildings in the city of San Luis Potosí. Another area church of interest is the Santuario del Desierto, located to the immediate west of the capital.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
Mexquitic was a colonial mining town founded to house workers from Tlaxcala who were imported to work the mines as were others in the region including not too distant Pinos in the state of Zacatecas.
A flamboyant archangel Michael occupies the broad center niche, while Franciscan saints stand in the flanking niches.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
In an earlier post we looked at the extraordinary ornate facade of this baroque church.
In this new post, as part of our ongoing series on Tlaxcalan retablos we describe its equally ornate main altarpiece, also framed in rich late baroque style.
This imposing gilded retablo animates the nave with its array of canopied, prow like estípite pilasters bristling with jagged angles and encrusted niches filled with statuary.
Patron St. Anthony of Padua occupies the central lower niche while the archangel Michael stands in the niche above. Franciscan saints and other notables occupy the lateral spaces.
A most impressive colonial work of religious art for this relatively minor outpost.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
In our continuing series on these altarpieces, we look at examples in the town of Huamantla in the eastern part of the state.
The retablos stand in the parish church of San Luis Obispo and the former conventual church of San Francisco, located in a barrio of the pueblo.
This extraordinarily broad and complex retablo fills the east end of the conventual church at the end of a long nave. Replete with multiple tiers and calles, it is fashioned in terminal baroque style. The numerous niches, or interestípites, retain statuary of male and female saints, with a florid Holy Trinity relief at the apex.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Relatively few civic buildings survive from the early colonial period in Mexico. One of the few is the spectacular Government Building ( Palacio de Gobierno) in the city of Tlaxcala, which although much altered over time retains some of its original mudéjar features.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The layout is unusual in that the open chapel was part of the nave of the church beside the tower. It remains bricked up to this day, and was one of an arcade of three arches along the side of the nave, as this early photograph indicates.
San Andrés Jumiltepec just before the 'quakeThe church sustained significant damage during the earthquake of 2017.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
In the second of our posts on the Rosary Chapel at Zacualpan we feature the finely wrought pulpit.
Probably contemporary with and in similar style to the altarpieces, this handsome pulpit may also the work of the López taller, its panels ornamented with Rococo inspired reliefs in gold and red.
Of special note is the gilded canopy topped with angel heads and the statue of a wingless archangel, probably San Miguel again.