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Cristo, Oaxaca

Accession Number
1971/2.126.8

Title
Cristo, Oaxaca

Artist(s)
Paul Strand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1933, printed 1967

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40 cm x 31.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of Art

Subject matter
This photograph represents a tableau from a Catholic church in Oaxaca, Mexico. Christ's crucifixion forms the central theme for the image, with Mary and other religious figures in the background, in front of another painted background including scenery and floral motifs. The cross in this scene is decorated with a floral motif, and around Christ's waist is a large round shield with a floral insignia, which repeats itself on the loin cloth that appears to be made of a similar fabric. All of the figures are clothed and painted.

This photograph is from Paul Strand's The Mexican Portfolio published in 1967 by Paul Strand. The portfolio consists of a series of 20 images depicting Mexico's people, architecture, landscape, and churches. It was first published in 1940 under the name Photographs of Mexico, and reprinted under Strand's supervision in 1967 as The Mexican Portfolio.

Physical Description
Photograph of a tableau in a Catholic church in Oaxaca, Mexico. The scene includes Christ, Mary, and other religious figures.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Crucifixion (religious theme)
Jesus Christ
Roman Catholicism
crucifix
crucifixes
death
floral patterns
mantles (outerwear)
modern and contemporary art
religious visual works
shield components
standing
statues

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