“Santos” is a form of Mexican folk art that depicts religious figures, such as angels and saints, which originated with the Spanish influence. From brilliantly painted, to carved, to embellished with “milagros”, each artist (santero or santera / male or female) instills his or her creativity in the interpretation. No Mas! presents a collection of santos, from folk art to detailed master work. Larger pieces often are often found in churches, while many smaller pieces are kept in the home, as decoration or items of reverence.
Milagros are small shapes of tin or other materials that symbolize what a person is praying for. Elaborate shapes may be subject to interpretation. The milagros may be used independently or attached to a figure, crucifix, or other object.
Our Lady Queen of All Saints
Very detailed and elaborate sculptures of Our Lady Queen of all Saints, with the moon at her feet, and elaborate halo.
“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.”
St. Michael the Archangel is held in many religions as avenger of evil, protector of children, healer, and many other roles. He is pictured as a winged angel, with raised sword in his right and scales of justice in his left hand, usually with Satan under his left foot.
Wind angels create the wind by blowing through their pursed lips.