Retablos

A retablo is a devotional painting of saints, religious personages, or votive offerings created on small sheets of tin-coated iron. ┬á“Largely created by self-taught artists, these paintings were used primarily by the Mexican people as objects of veneration in their homes or placed at pilgrimage sites as votive offerings. ┬áHundreds of thousands of retablos on tin were painted in Mexico during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” (Lovell, 2001). ┬áFortunately, the University Art Gallery is home to hundreds of these objects. ┬áTake a look at our collection below: