Sunday, July 1, 2012
Santos! Santos! Santos!
Saints abound in Taos; they're in galleries, museums, art & tourist shops, homes, and churches as well. Santos are religious images of saints, angels, and other religious figures. They are usually carved of wood or ivory. If they are carved in the round they are called Bultos. After carving, these figures are covered with gesso and painted in bright colors.
I found this figure in the Harwood Museum, which has a great collections of figures and retablos.