National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Santo (St. Michael) Santo (St. Michael)
Rendered by Margery Parish (artist), c. 1939
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
overall: 37 x 28.9 cm (14 9/16 x 11 3/8 in.) Original IAD Object: 11"x16"
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 9 of 25

Muted color schemes are typical of "retablos" in New Mexico. This "retablo," depicting Saint Michael, is painted on gesso over cottonwood. In keeping with most other "retablos," the design of this piece is flat and abstract in feeling; decorative motifs like the drapery are simplified. In these respects it is akin to a folk art style; the origins of this type of painting, however, go back to the numerous devotional images painted by followers of the seventeenth-century Spanish painter Murillo.

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