Sunday, June 11, 2017
A Very Fine Collection of Ex Voto Paintings in Oaxaca
I was writing Susana Wald about visiting with her at her home in Huayapam about 20 minutes outside the city and she mentioned she could arrange for the village church to be open for us. Yes please. It's an early and old church and Susana says on a clear day you can see Mt Alban from the atrium. I'd only been there once before and remembered, among other things, their fabulous collection of ex voto paintings. Really folk art at it's finest, up close and personal - some dating back as late as the early 1800's. There were paintings on metal,canvas,and wood all in various states of disrepair lined on both sides of the wall in the side chapel. ( Pro tip - most of the action in the churches happens in the side chapels.) Here are just a few of them.