Cristo

  • Espada Family, Cristo, late 18th-early 19th century, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.42

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In a museum installation, behind glass, these religious figures and santos are not as physically accessible as they were for worshipers in their churches or home altars. The sights, sounds, and smells surrounding this devotional image of Christ in its original context are now left to the imagination. A closer look at this figure provides a glimpse into its ritual function: rings of melted wax are visible on the base from the candles that were lit in prayer.

Title
Cristo
Artists
Date
late 18th-early 19th century
On View
Dimensions
40 x 20 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. (101.6 x 51.5 x 39.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
Object Number
1996.91.42
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