Price: $ 800.00 Original: $ 1,400.00
This bright and cheerful 19th century Mexican folk retablo features the 'Santo Nino de Atocha'. El Nino de Atocha, one of the most popular subjects in retablo art, is the patron saint for freeing prisoners, also known to perform miracles for travelers and those in danger. This popular image originated in Spain after the Moors invaded the town of Atocha. According to popular legend, there was a prison filled with Christians who lacked basic necessities including food and water. Only missionary children were allowed to visit and one day after family members prayed a child carrying a basket, a staff and a gourd of water, came dressed as a pilgrim. After he served everyone in the prison both his basket and gourd were still full -- a sign that the miraculous visitation was none other than the Infant Jesus.
The retablo is displayed in a beautiful 19th century punched tin and reverse glass painted nicho frame. Very few of these glass nicho frames have survived. Given their scarcity, the demand for these unique frames has begun to parallel that of the retablo paintings they display.
Dimensions: overall dimensions are 14 inches vertical x 9.5 inches horizontal.
Condition: retablo in excellent, original condition. Nicho glass with stable cracks/
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