Our Father Jesus the Nazarene
Juan Ramón Velásquez ( American, 1820 - 1902 )
- New Mexican
- Late 19th century
Notice the slablike body and large, stiff hands of this figure of Christ, as well as the details of the head-the dotted outline of the eyebrows and lower eyelids, the delicate trickles of blood from the ears and inner corners of the eyes, and the indication of teeth in the mouth. Cloth joints enabled the arms to assume different positions. Each of these elements contributes to the expressive quality of this sacred image. Created as a bridge between the human and the divine, this figure represents the religious images of Hispanic New Mexico called santos. Used in a village reenactment of the Crucifixion during Holy Week, the figure would remind the faithful of the Christian promise of eternal life.