Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cuernavaca Cathedral: a sculptural relief

angels of the under choir
Cuernavaca cathedral, formerly the Franciscan monastery of the Assumption, is noted for its architectural sculpture and detailed stone carving, as well as its varied murals
One area where fine stone carving is viewed to advantage is the well preserved 16th century under choir of the church, notably in its supporting columns and the handsome wheel vault overhead.

At the hub of the vault is placed an intricately carved, unusual rectangular relief of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a reminder of the dedication of this cathedral church.
   The praying figure of Mary is borne heavenward by angels, as God the Father above places the crown on her head. He is flanked by trumpeting angels with monograms of Christ and the Virgin on banners, all rendered in fine detail—a delightful and accomplished example of early colonial Mexican stone carving, undoubtedly the work of native sculptors.
Visit our other posts in this series on Cuernavaca: 
The North Doorway; The Open Chapel; The Atrium Cross; The Baptismal Fonts;
see our sister blog for posts on the murals of Cuernavaca cathedral
text © 2018 Richard D. Perry
images by the author and ELTB

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