This rare 19th century Mexican folk retablo by the 'Dyslexic Painter' represents Santa Rita de Casia. The 'Dyslexic Painter', also known as the 'Bulbous Head Painter', is known for his whimsical style, brilliant use of color, caprice and idiosyncratic anatomy. His works are illustrated in many catalogs, books and collections but championed in 'The Art of Private Devotion - Retablo Painting of Mexico.'
Santa Rita de Casia is the patroness saint of mothers -- venerated by those seeking help with marital problems. She is depicted here with a cross, a skull and a thorn embedded in her forehead. According to popular belief, in the year of 1441, during a sermon on the crown of thorns, Santa Rita prayed so intently that a thorn detached itself from her crucifix and lodged itself in her forehead. For the next 20 years she bore this stigmata as a sign of her devotion to the Lord.
Somewhat legibly inscribed in lower right - Santa Rita de Casia
Dimensions: 10 inches vertical x 7 inches horizontal.
Condition: scattered paint loss, surface abrasions. Unrestored, original.
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