National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Retablo Retablo
Rendered by Carl O'Bergh (artist), c. 1939
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
overall: 51.4 x 27.8 cm (20 1/4 x 10 15/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 26 1/4"high; 11"wide
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 10 of 25

The individual "santeros," or artists who created images of saints, are usually not known by name, but scholarly research has identified several distinct styles and artists. A painter whose work stands out was Molleno. This unidentified saint, possibly Saint Rosalia of Palermo, is shown on one of a series of altarpieces of a church. The panel exemplifies Molleno's early style, somewhat like traditional Spanish style, especially in the elongated figure and expressive hands. The color scheme, with its emphasis on bold, black outlines, is characteristic of Molleno's work.

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