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Cristo, Oaxaca

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Cristo, 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 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.

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Crucifixion (religious theme)
Jesus Christ
Roman Catholicism
floral patterns
mantles (outerwear)
modern and contemporary art
religious visual works
shield components

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