A MESSAGE TO AND FROM
Whether you’re a novice, collector, or connoisseur of world art, it’s a certainty you will have encountered numerous world religions. There are just too many instances where art and religion intersect, perhaps because there are approximately 4,200 religions in the world. Of these, it can be argued none has had a greater impact on humankind than Christianity.
This week’s New Arrival features a unique form of Christian art called a retablo, a devotional folk painting from Mexico. Retablos were commonly painted on tin because it was affordable, and in the 1800s they reached the zenith of their popularity. Back then, if you were a wealthy art patron you possessed fine art painted on canvas, not metal. However, many retablos are now considered fine art because of the quality of their painting and subsequent rarity.
A retablo allows an individual to interact with the divine on an intimate, personal level. Look closely at this one and you’ll see Christ parting his robe to reveal a symbol called a “Sacred Heart.” It represents unmitigated love and compassion. For the devout viewer, this retablo proclaimed “you can find, feel and express divine love in your own heart.” It is a message worthy of consideration by all people - regardless of faith.
Retablo Depicting Jesus of
the Sacred Heart
Oil paint on tin, framed
16.5" W x 19.5" H
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