Friday, May 11, 2012

The Angels of Cajititlan

Santuario de Guadalupe, keystone
Our final post on the colonial sculpture of Lake Cajititlan looks at the extraordinary variety of stone figures, primarily angels or cherubs, carved on the facades and doorways of the lakeside churches there.  
First, the angels:

Los Reyes Cajititlan: Santuario de Guadalupe, facade angels
San Lucas Cajititlan, keystone angel
San Lucás, nave arch: archangel keystone
San Lucas Cajititlan, archway running angel
San Juan Evangelista Cajititlan, plumed and helmeted angels

Tlajomulco, Archangel Raphael
San Juan Evangelista, nave: St Christopher relief
In addition to the crosses, angels and saints, there are various other sculpted figures and reliefs on the Cajititlan facades and archways.  Here are a few examples:
San Lucás, nave arch: eagle keystone
San Lucás, facade: niche figures

San Juan Evangelista, facade: Guadalupe statue and angel holding vine
Look for our forthcoming page on nearby Santa Cruz de Las Flores, a jewel of the Jaliscan popular baroque.
text © 2012 Richard D. Perry;  photographic images: ©Richard D. Perry, Diana Roberts & Niccolo Brooker.  All rights reserved
For more information on the colonial arts and architecture of Jalisco, consult our guidebook, Blue Lakes & Silver Cities, available from Espadaña Press

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