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image of Panel from Altar Piece of San Antonio Panel from Altar Piece of San Antonio
Rendered by E. Boyd (artist), c. 1936
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 36.1 x 27.9 cm (14 3/16 x 11 in.) Original IAD Object: 36"high=panel
Index of American Design
1943.8.6843
Not on View
From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 8 of 25

The New Mexican panel paintings were known as "retablos." They were probably the work of only about a dozen men. This particular piece has been attributed to Miguel Aragon of Cordova, New Mexico, one of the best-known artists. Representing Saint Anthony in a characteristic pose, this panel is from an early nineteenth-century altarpiece in the Church of Llano Quemado near Taos. The altarpiece, or "reredos," had eight panels arranged in two tiers of four each; it was similar in concept to the many-paneled altarpieces of fifteenth-century Spain and Italy. Typical of Miguel Aragon's work, the panels of this altarpiece have white backgrounds with simple figure compositions. Also typical of the artist's style are the two small trees in the foreground, the draperylike framing, the clear, bright, color scheme, and the carefully delineated eyelids of the saint.

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