This 19th century Mexican folk retablo painting on tin represents 'San Camilo de Lelis', often referred to as the 'Red Cross Saint' -- a reference to the red cross worn on his black habit.
San Camilo, patron saint of the sick, nurses and dyeing people, is almost always depicted as he is here, ministering to his patient at the hour of death. In almost every example of this subject, San Camilo is accompanied by his ministers, imps, angels, and a pack of chiding demons along the left edge of the painting. The angel, imps and demons are vying for the dyeing man's soul as it departs his lifeless body.
The retablo is displayed behind glass in a wonderful 19th century punched tin and reverse glass painted nicho frame, a great work of art in itself.
Dimensions: 13.75 inches vertical x 9.75 inches horizontal. Retablo measures 7 inches x 5 inches.
Condition notes: scattered paint loss, surface scratches and abrasions.
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