Santos / Nichos /Retablos/ Sacred Art | 42 Images

 

“All over Latin America, there is a sacred geography, known mainly to the faithful.” (Marion Oettinger, curator, “Visiones del Pueblo – The Folk Art of Latin America”, exhibition catalog, p. 29)  Throughout Latin America, much of the folk art reflects popular expressions of faith. It is almost impossible to view Latin American popular art forms outside a religious or spiritual context. In many regions where the way of life is still pre-industrial, but also in urban areas, religious faith serves to make sense of the general order of things, to cope with adversity and provide a refuge from hardship, death, disease, accidents.

Often created by indigenous or non-European artists but based on European colonial models, carved and sculpted saints, santos or bultos, virgins, Christs, nichos (traveling or household shrines), retablos, milagros, ex-votos and religious paintings have provided believers with tangible symbols of their Catholic or syncretic faith. This was, and in many places continues to be, the case especially in rural areas where religion is often of a homemade variety incorporating pre-Hispanic or non-European belief systems and aesthetics.

 

The MARIPOSA collection features many outstanding examples of Latin American sacred art from various different countries and cultures. 

 

More pieces are available than shown in this portfolio.

 

More information and pricing upon request: be.echols@gmail.com

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Collection of Santos from Guatemala
Collection of Santos from Guatemala
San Miguel with glass eyes, 19th century Guatemala
San Miguel with glass eyes, 19th century Guatemala
Virgen Inmaculada, Guatemala
Virgen Inmaculada, Guatemala
Santiago, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Santiago, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Articulated saint/Virgen de Vestir, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Articulated saint/Virgen de Vestir, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Anonymous, articulated angel, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Anonymous, articulated angel, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Nazareno, Bolivia, ca. 1940
Nazareno, Bolivia, ca. 1940
Female Articulated Saint, Guatemala
Female Articulated Saint, Guatemala
Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico, ca. 1900
Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico, ca. 1900
Santa Luzia, Brazil
Santa Luzia, Brazil
Virgen de vestir, western Guatemala
Virgen de vestir, western Guatemala
Nazareno, Guatemala, ca. 1950
Nazareno, Guatemala, ca. 1950
Nicho 02, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Nicho 02, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Nicho 03, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Nicho 03, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Nicho 04, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Nicho 04, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Stone Virgin, 18th century, Mexico
Stone Virgin, 18th century, Mexico
Corpus Christi celebration headdress, Ecuador, ca. 1960
Corpus Christi celebration headdress, Ecuador, ca. 1960
Religious painting on wood, Guatemala, 19th century
Religious painting on wood, Guatemala, 19th century
Bulto of Saint, Ecuador, ca 1920's
Bulto of Saint, Ecuador, ca 1920's
Nicho with San Antonio, Guatemala
Nicho with San Antonio, Guatemala
Female Saint, Pernambuco, Brazil
Female Saint, Pernambuco, Brazil
San Isidro Labrador, Santo/Saint Carving from Guatemala, 19th century
San Isidro Labrador, Santo/Saint Carving from Guatemala, 19th century
San Miguel, Guatemala
San Miguel, Guatemala
Saint, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Saint, Guatemala, ca. 1900
Nicho 01, Bolivia, ca. 1950
Nicho 01, Bolivia, ca. 1950
San Miguel (naif representation), western highlands
San Miguel (naif representation), western highlands
Santa Librada, tin retablo, ca. 1900, Zacatecas, Mexico
Santa Librada, tin retablo, ca. 1900, Zacatecas, Mexico
San Miguel, Guatemala
San Miguel, Guatemala
 Victor Caceres: Ermita - Assemblage of Flowers, Seeds, Stones
Victor Caceres: Ermita - Assemblage of Flowers, Seeds, Stones
Peruvian Nicho Assemblage, ca. 1940's
Peruvian Nicho Assemblage, ca. 1940's
San Miguel in Colonial Dress, Guatemala
San Miguel in Colonial Dress, Guatemala
San Pascual, Folk Saint/Santo Popular from Guatemala ca. 1890
San Pascual, Folk Saint/Santo Popular from Guatemala ca. 1890
Pair of Santos de Vestir, Guatemala
Pair of Santos de Vestir, Guatemala
Pair of Santos de Vestir, detail
Pair of Santos de Vestir, detail
Santo de vestir (angel), Guatemala
Santo de vestir (angel), Guatemala
 Saint, Mexico, ca. 1900
Saint, Mexico, ca. 1900
Saint, Pernambuco, Brazil
Saint, Pernambuco, Brazil
Antique Traveling Altar Containing Holy Family, Pernambuco, Brazil
Antique Traveling Altar Containing Holy Family, Pernambuco, Brazil
Traveling altar, Pernambuco, Brazil
Traveling altar, Pernambuco, Brazil
Virgen, Bolivia, 1940's
Virgen, Bolivia, 1940's
San Benito, Brazil
San Benito, Brazil
Santo (San Antonio?), Bolivia, 1940's
Santo (San Antonio?), Bolivia, 1940's