Spanish Colonial Santo: Archangel A854

Judging by his martial aspect and the colors I would call this santo the Archangel Michael. Even missing his wings, his is a commanding presence.

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Images of saints (santos) were known as bultos (sculptures) and retablos (paintings on wood). Local woods–aspen and cottonwood root for bultos and pine for retablos–were used; water-based paints were made from local and imported vegetal and mineral pigments. Religious images were brought to New Spain by the first settlers in 1598 and were imported throughout the seventeenth century. Grounded in the Spanish Catholic tradition and evolving art styles of Europe, a unique local aesthetic peculiar to the colonies developed in Mexico and at its northern frontier.