This large sculpture of a crucified Christ was likely used as a processional figure in Mexico during the 1700s. The tradition of parading large holy figures through the streets on religious holidays and feast days was common in Europe and the practice continues today. In order to make these figures lightweight for portability they were sometimes crafted of wood pastes and paper.This Old World artistic production technique was imported to New Spain and merged with an existing pre-Hispanic tradition of crafting ritual deities out of corn paste and other organic materials. The artist utilized celerin wood, corn paste, gesso, fabric and oil paint to create the work we see here.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2015
- “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020