Tag Archives: retablo

You say retablo I say reredos

Reredos with St Francis encircled by New World saints, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Reredos with St. Francis encircled by New World saints, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This can be said to be a reredos in English or perhaps a retablo in Spanish. This photo is from my Great American West vacation of 2009.

Even closer to home

Ex-voto for the recovery of Pablo Rodrigues, November 5, 1940.

Ex-voto for the recovery of Pablo Rodrigues, November 5, 1940.

Some Christmas ago, perhaps a decade past, my dear wife Liz gave me this retablo (literally: board behind), also called an ex-voto (from a vow). Painted in 1940 to thank the Holy Trinity for the recovery of a man named Pablo, this piece of tin now occupies the section of our hallway just outside my daughter’s door. Continue reading

A little closer to home

Mexican retablo, 19th century.

Mexican retablo, 19th century.

In the last few days all my meandering image research paths seem to lead me to colonial and Spanish art. This must be a result of drawing a tighter focus on the tradition of religious objects and in particular, objects of daily devotion. Continue reading