Hand-painted on recycled, rusted tin sheet, this ethereal retablo features a man praying to the Child Jesus.
This is a reproduction of an older retablo and is nicely finished.
- Height - 12-5/8 inches
- Width - 8-3/4 inches
Traditionally retablos are created to thank, entreat or venerate saints,
angels, Jesus or Mary. Many are hung in the backs of churches
(sometimes with milagros added). Once the supplicant felt that prayers
had been answered, the retablo was then removed to the home.
are often painted by artists as not all the faithful have talent enough
to render their prayers visually. Most retablo art is somewhat
primitive and was once considered outsider art.
With help from
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and their contemporaries, retablo art has
become quite collectible in its own right. Seeking to preserve Mexican
and other Latin American traditions, Kahlo and Rivera began collecting
these wonderful spiritual treasures in the last century.
might consider framing your retablo in a simple wooden frame (without
glass is best!) or shadowbox wooden nichos. We like to hang them in the
traditional manner with a single simple nail hammered through the top of
the tin right into the wall. Because it is made of tin rather than
paper, your nicho will easily stand on an easel as well.