Retablo

18th Century



It is an upright panel, intricately carved and highly decorated. Its wooden frame contains ledges and panels behind and above the altar. The main feature of old Roman Catholic churches in the country is the retablo, the altarpiece.

Furthermore, it also has several niches for the patron saint, usually located in the topmost portion. Other saints affiliated to the religious order occupy both sides of the second and third levels.

Above all, this gilded and polychromed structure is embellished with decorative features such as rosettes, grapevines, scrolls, solomonic columns and cherubs and crafted by native artisans.


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