A truly wonderful old piece of FOLK ART from the Mexican town of Puebla. Painted in oil on tin, this one of three we are listing....all are around 9" x 7" (23 x 17 cm's) in size. The pieces show rust and wear but are truly marvelous old pieces of Folk Art and the fact they are dated gives a true age to them. A retablo in Latin America (also lámina) is a devotional painting, especially a small popular or folk art one using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art. In Spain the word is used in a different, though related sense: a retablo is equivalent to reredos in English or retable in French: a painting, sculpture or combination of the two, rising behind the altar of a church. The Latin etymology of this Spanish word means "board behind". Retablos of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance in Spain grew extremely large and elaborate, typically using carved and gilded wood, and rising as high as 40 feet or more. They were typically made to express gratitude towards the Virgin Mary for saving a person or a loved one from a nearly fatal event. The tradition of making them was taken to the new Spanish Empire in America. There, by the late 18th century at least, the word became used for much smaller popular religious paintings, both conventional devotional images and ex-votos (paintings giving thanks for protection through a specific episode).
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