Monday, January 23, 2012

Retablo Paintings

A retablo is a Latin American devotional painting. The paintings are usually small in size, considered to be folk art and use iconography derived from traditional church art.

Retablos can represent a specific religious subject/person or they can tell a story, which is called narrative. The stories usually recall dangerous events that actually occurred, and which the person survived and/or triumphed, thanks to the help of a sacred person (God, Mary or a saint). The retablos are made to thank the sacred person for protection.

(Secular Retablo Painting by Dianne Bennett)

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