Retablos

The image of our sorrowful Mother in the previous post is a “retablo” which I found while visiting the online art site at the New Mexico State University.

From the university’s website, we learn that “the word retablo, refers to sacred images painted on sheets of tin-coated iron which depict Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints and religious figures. This artform flourished during the nineteenth-century Mexico. The University Collection of over 1,700 art works during the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries Mexico is now the largest collection of tin retablos and related materials held by any U.S. museum.”

To see the university’s beautiful collection of retablos, please visit NMSU – The Collection. It’s well worth the visit!

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2 Responses

  1. Those are beautiful, Gabrielle. I’d never heard of retablos – never knew such things existed. Thank you. (I have to say I like the ones of the Blessed Virgin best!)

  2. Me too!

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