Thursday, April 30, 2020

Oaxaca. the Tlacochahuaya altarpieces 3.

One of the best preserved of the Tlacochahuaya altarpieces is the retablo of St. Hyacinth (San Jacinto), a popular Dominican saint. Set against the south wall of the nave, the retablo illustrates episodes from his life in a series of charming miniatures surrounding his center portrait. 
Note the beautifully realized portraits of the Twelve Apostles along the base panel. 
A painted panel of the distinctive Mexican Trinity is mounted above, of which a fine sculpted version stands along the north wall of the nave—a common feature in Oaxacan churches.

text © 2007 & 2020 Richard D. Perry

images by the author and courtesy of Felipe Falcón

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