San Antonio Museum or Art

RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 25 - The Adaptation and Re-Adaptation of a Folk Art Form: The Creation and Use of Retablos in the Andes by Barbara Mauldin, Curator, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

Gallery Talks


Sunday, April 14, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Price: Free with Museum admission.

European missionaries introduced portable Catholic religious shrines, or retablos, to the New World in the sixteenth century. As the native peoples in the Andes began incorporating aspects of Catholicism into their religious practices, small cottage industries were developed to produce portable altars for Andean ritual use. In the mid-twentieth century, art dealers encouraged workshops in Ayacucho, Peru, to replace the religious imagery with scenes of Andean festivals and daily life. This new folk art form, also called a retablo, was instantly successful and continues to evolve today.