Price: $ 1,500.00
San Expedito, or Saint Expeditus, is the subject of this rare 19th century Mexican folk retablo.. The retablo is attributed to one of the great masters -- Concepcion Avila, better known as the 'Bee Sting Lip Painter'. His style is unlike any other.
San Expedito is the patron saint of procrastinators. He is venerated for expeditious solutions, emergencies, speedy trials and of course, for protection against procrastination. In retablo art he is almost always depicted as a young Roman centurion with a black crow underfoot. In the first years of the fourth century A.D, during Diocletian's persecution of Christian, Expeditus openly converted to Christianity and when when his faith was discovered he chose martyrdom by beheading over renouncing Christianity. The black bird is a reference to Lucifer, who assumed the form of a crow and tried to hinder Expeditus' conversion. When Expeditus discovered the impostor he proclaimed his faith and and killed the bird by crushing it underfoot.
Dimensions: 10 inches x 7 inches.
Condition notes: scattered paint loss.
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