Tuesday, July 29, 2008


My words would not do these justice. Here is a small definition of what a Retablo is:
Retablos, referred to as "laminas" in Mexico, are small oil paintings on tin, zinc, wood or copper which venerate a multiplicity of Catholic saints. The literal translation for "retablo" is "behind the altar." This genre of folk art, deeply rooted in Spanish history, represents the heart and soul of traditional religious beliefs in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Mexican culture.
These were everywhere at the Spanish Market, my favorite were the ones made by the children.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Yes, there certainly is a variety of retablos, and your definition and description is great for those who are unfamiliar with the artwork and the culture. The colours show well in your photo.