Cristo, Tlacochoaya, Oaxaca

Accession Number

Cristo, Tlacochoaya, Oaxaca

Paul Strand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1933, printed 1967

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40.01 cm x 31.43 cm)

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

Subject matter
This is a depiction of a sculptural work in a Catholic church in Tlacochoaya, Oaxaca, Mexico. In this tableau, the Christ figure is placed in a framed space that recedes behind him. His feet extend outside of the frame, drawing further attention to the three dimensional aspect of the sculpture. The frame is an ornate wood carving, while the figure of Jesus is also carved from wood. He is fully clothed and painted, wearing a crown, and holding a staff between his legs. He rests his head solemnly to the side, leaning on the left wall of the space in which he sits. The walls and ceiling are covered with a floral pattern, while the back wall contains an inscription.

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
This is a photograph of a sculptural work in a Catholic church in Tlacochoaya, Oaxaca, Mexico. In this tableau, the figure is placed in an enclosed, framed space, his legs hanging over the edge of the frame.

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Jesus Christ
Roman Catholicism
floral patterns
frames (ornament areas)
modern and contemporary art
religious visual works
staffs (walking sticks)

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