Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Mexican Devotional Retablos from the Peters Collection

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Mexican Devotional Retablos from the Peters Collection

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CHORPENNING,jOS.rc, JosEPH E, O.S.ES. (ed.). Mexican Devotional Retablos from the Peters Collection (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph's University Press. 1994. Pp. x, 181. $75.00 hardbound, $45.00 paperback.) This is a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on Mexican retablo art. Although the subject collection is relatively small, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Peters have entrusted St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, with what is surely the best of this proliferate art form that flourished in north central Mexico from the mid-nineteenth century until the early twentieth. Joseph and Ruth Peters give us a rare insight into what motivated them to collect this "poor man's art" and how they proceeded to learn about it. Nancy Hamilton provides a brief background on the origin of this artistic genre, identifying the limited area of manufacture and the materials and techniques employed by the painters. Essays by Christopher C. Wilson and Father Chorpenning provide far more comprehensive information about the probable artistic prototypes used as models by Mexican provincial artists than was previously available. …

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